KOREAN HARDWARE OUTFIT Samsung is attempting to block the sale of Apple's just-launched Iphone 4S in Japan and Australia.
This is not surprising, as the two firms are locked in a battle to buy their patent lawyers new cars and second homes and keep each others' smartphones and tablets out of the shops. Samsung's latest move comes after Apple got a temporary ban on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1in tablet in Australia and Samsung failed to win a ban on Apple's Ithings in the Netherlands.
According to Bloomberg, Samsung is also seeking an injunction against the sale of the Ipad 2 and Iphone 4 in Australia, claiming that they infringe its patents that cover wireless communications and user interfaces.
"Apple has continued to violate our patent rights and free ride on our technology," Samsung said in the statement. "We will no longer stand idly by and will steadfastly protect our intellectual property."
Apple will continue to argue that Samsung's tablet looks like its tablet, which looks like any other kind of tablet you might imagine, and in a statement reminded Bloomberg that even the cardboard boxes that the devices come in look similar.
"It's no coincidence that Samsung's latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging," said Steve Park, a Seoul-based spokesman for Apple. µ