Samsung has had its legal eye trained on the new iPhone for months, from back when we naively thought we’d get more than an iPhone 4 with an 8MP camera and dual-core processor.
The Korean manufacturer’s request to see the iPhone 5 (i.e. iPhone 4S) before the grand unveiling was denied, but now that it’s official, it’s fair game. And Samsung hasn’t wasted any time in setting the legal wheels in motion. If Sammie gets its way, the iPhone 4S could be banned in France and Italy.
The claim is that the iPhone 4S violates two Samsung patents pertaining to 3G. Here comes the legal talk:
"The infringed technology is essential to the reliable functioning of telecom networks and devices and Samsung believes that Apple’s violation as being too severe and that the iPhone 4S should be barred from sales.
“Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology. We believe it is now necessary to take legal action to protect our innovation."
It’s expected that Samsung will extend the action to further countries around the globe. The iPhone 4S is due to go on sale in France on October 18, and Italy on October 28.
That brings the grand total of Samsung/Apple cases to… I’ve completely lost count. Twenty-something, at least.