Just recently, news broke that Samsung would make an attempt to stop sales of Apple’s –at the time– future iPhone as soon as it becomes available. Today, Samsung delivered. In an announcement on its corporate blog, Samsung has released news that it is in fact looking to ban the iPhone 4S in Italy and France due to two patent infringements:
Samsung Electronics will file separate preliminary injunction motions in Paris, France and Milano, Italy on October 5 local time requesting the courts block the sale of Apple’s iPhone 4S in the respective markets.
Samsung’s preliminary injunction requests in France and Italy will each cite two patent infringements related to wireless telecommunications technology, specifically Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standards for 3G mobile handsets.
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.
Samsung plans to file preliminary injunctions in other countries after further review.
Perhaps this is retaliation after Apple got its Galaxy Tab banned in various countries.