KOREAN PHONE GIANT Samsung is reportedly planning to sue Apple for infringing its 4G LTE patents in the Iphone 5, which could see the smartphone banned in several countries.
Set to be unveiled tomorrow at a high-profile event in San Francisco, the Iphone 5 will reportedly feature long term evolution (LTE) mobile technology, on which Samsung owns a hoard of patents.
The Korea Times is reporting that Samsung is already targeting the device to get its revenge against Apple after it lost a recent jury verdict and was assessed $1bn in damages.
An unnamed industry source told the Korean newspaper, "Samsung Electronics has decided to take immediate legal action against the Cupertino-based Apple. Countries in Europe and even the United States - Apple's home-turf - are its primary targets."
Another anonymous source added, "Apple claimed the existing 3G-related patents are standard essential patents (SEPs) according to our earlier commitment to the FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) terms. But the story is totally different when you talk about LTE patents. These are new and highly-valued."
This news comes at a bad time for Apple, as a judge has ruled that the firm could fail to invalidate claims put forward by HTC that Apple infringes its LTE patents too. This move by the Taiwanese firm could also see the latest Apple Ipad and upcoming Iphone 5 suffer from import bans as well.
It's not just Apple that look set to have a hard time, as such a ban could spell bad news for UK consumers too. EE today hinted that the Iphone 5 will be amongst the first phones to arrive on its 4G LTE network, but this move by Samsung could mean that it won't be arriving in the UK at all.
Neither Apple nor Samsung were available for comment at the time of publication. µ