Feisty South Korean manufacturer Samsung has asked Apple to hand over source code. Nope, not the so-so film with Jake Gyllenhaal, but the source code for the iPhone 4S.
Apple might’ve thrown a spanner in the works with its injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 down under (hey, that’s where I am), but now Sammie is looking to do the same thing with the iPhone 4S.
Samsung claims that the iPhone 4S infringes three patents pertaining to 3G wireless technology. Said patents are vital across the industry, and as such Apple should be forking over some licensing buckage to Samsung.
This is much like the case Samsung brought against Apple in France and Italy. Sammo explained: “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.”
However, Apple claims that it’s covered by a third-party agreement made with Qualcomm. Samsung isn’t convinced that said agreement covers the Californians in Australia.
The big difference here is that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 never made it onto Aussie shelves, while the iPhone 4S has already sold by the barbie-load.
The case continues on Friday.