KOREAN ELECTRONICS GIANT Samsung is considering an attempt to ban sales of Apple's upcoming Iphone 5 in Europe.
Reuters has reported that Samsung, which has been mired in many legal disputes with Apple all over the world, will try to ban the Iphone 5 in retaliation for Apple's copycat claims.
Apple has already won injunctions preventing Samsung from selling its Galaxy Tab tablet in a number of regions. The two firms have been playing a game of cat and mouse with Samsung trying to overcome injunctions in Germany and the Netherlands, while a recent injunction against Samsung's Galaxy Tab in Australia made the firm postpone its launch there indefinitely.
Yesterday it was reported that Samsung is attempting to ban Apple's Iphone 5 in South Korea, by claiming the device infringes its wireless patents. A Samsung executive said, "We will stick to a strong stance against Apple during the lingering legal fights."
The Maeil Business Newspaper reported that Samsung might try to block the Iphone 5 in Europe.
Apple's fifth Iphone is expected to go on sale next month, though as usual very few concrete details about the device are available. If Samsung does launch a legal assault on Apple's Iphone 5, there's no guarantee that would delay the launch, let alone obtain an injunction to stop the sale of the devices completely.
Even if Samsung's move is just posturing, for Apple the Iphone 5 is without doubt the most important device it will launch this year and the cappuccino company undoubtedly will look at ways to avoid any hiccups in the channel due to legal wrangling. µ
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