War of the smartphones continues as Samsung seeks to ban Apple’s impending iPhone 5, following Apple fuelled litigation that banned the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 across various markets in Europe. To add insult to injury, Apple is also pursuing Samsung’s threatening 7.7 inch Tab, having it pulled from the IFA show in Berlin.
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Samsung are looking to ban the sale of Cupertino’s soon to be released iPhone in its home turf of Korea the minute it is released, one company exec told Korea Times yesterday.
“Just after the arrival of the iPhone 5 here, Samsung plans to take Apple to court here for its violation of Samsung’s wireless technology related patents,” the senior executive declared.
The iPhone 5, rumoured to be released next month, is thought to be designed to rival to the highly powerful Galaxy S II, released earlier this year, with a polysilicon low temperature HD display, A5 processor running on iOS 5, its new platform.
Federal Court records in Sydney reveal Samsung filed a similar lawsuit against Apple on the 13th of September last.
And the Galaxy maker appears to be taking a tougher than ever stance against Apple’s legal action over alleged patent violations, which is taking place currently across 4 continents and 12 different courts.
“We are taking different tactics since we are quite confident,” another Samsung executive told the Times, referring to his company countersuing Apple, alleging the iPad 2 and iPhone violate multiple wireless technology patents it owns.
The Korean giant has also moved to appeal against the court ruling in Germany last month which saw ban on the the sale of the new Android Galaxy Tab 10.1 there.
“If Samsung wins in Germany that will give us a big breakthrough and so will other envisioned efforts against such products as the iPhone 5,” the exec added.
“For as long as Apple does not drop mobile telecommunications functions, it would be impossible for it to sell its i-branded products without using our patents. We will stick to a strong stance against Apple during the lingering legal fights.”
One factor that may have deterred it from an outright war is the small issue of Apple being one of the Korean maker biggest clients, supply ing it with LCD screens and other compnents.
Samsung bosses were said to be originally unhappy with pursuing strong retaliation strategy against Cupertino due to these interests. But now Apple are playing hard ball it is left with no choice.