On Wednesday, Samsung Electronics Co. has announced its plans to file preliminary injunction motions in Milan, Italy and Paris, France, to stop the sale of Apple’s new iPhone 4S. The move further escalates the dispute between two of the world’s biggest smartphone makers.
Samsung will seek the iPhone’s ban on the countries, citing patent infringements on its wireless telecommunications technology, or the Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standards for 3G phones. Last Tuesday, Apple has unveiled the new smartphone and looks to start sales later this month.
“Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology, and we will steadfastly protect our intellectual property,” said Samsung in a statement. “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.”
The two companies have been at odds since earlier this year when Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung, claiming that its Galaxy tablet and smartphones copy the look and feel of the iPad and iPhone.
The legal battle has expanded to a number of countries. Apple has succeeded in getting Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 to be banned in Germany temporarily. Samsung has recently sued Apple in the Netherlands and France.
The iPhone 4S is set to hit stores in the United States on October 14, and is set to hit italy later this month. The company has not yet announced the availability of the smartphone in France.