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Samsung wants the Iphone 5 banned

Will add the handset to its list
Thu Sep 20 2012, 14:10
Apple iPhone 5 black

KOREAN HARDWARE FIRM Samsung has made a formal request to get the incoming Iphone 5 handset added to its list of Apple devices that it would like to see banned for patent infringement.

Samsung and Apple are involved in tug of war in the courts at the moment and while the latter has already taken some scalps such as a ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the US, the former is not laying down and taking it.

A report at the Wall Street Journal and confirmed by Samsung says that the firm has made a formal request to add the Iphone 5 to its patent infringement lawsuit. In a statement the firm said that it was doing so reluctantly, but doing it all the same.

"We have always preferred to compete in the marketplace with our innovative products, rather than in courtrooms," it said.

"However, Apple continues to take aggressive legal measures that will limit market competition. Under these circumstances, we have little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights."

Samsung will have to have a look at the Iphone 5 before it can be sure it has a complaint against it, of course.

Apple is staying mute on the subject. It has been the victor in the case to date though, and was handed a $1bn jury verdict against its rival. µ


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