Patent Wars: Samsung Vs. Apple, the iPhone 4S Chapter

To get a head start on patents infringement accusations, Samsung claims it will file a complaint against Apple in Italy and France to ban the sale of the newly unveiled iPhone 4S.

According to Reuters, only hours after Apple unveiled its newest iPhone design, the iPhone 4S, Samsung made a statement. “Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free-ride on our technology,” the company said, “We will steadfastly protect our intellectual property.”

The South Korean technology giant said that a request for a preliminary injunction to ban the sale of the iPhone 4S will include two patent infringements relating to its wireless technology. French and Italian law allows for the ban of a product before it is even available for sale.

This comes after Apple rejected Samsung’s offer to settle their tablet computer dispute in Australia where the former is seeking an injunction on the sale of the latter’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. The two companies have been embroiled in a bitter battle over patent infringements in 10 different countries since this past April.

The iPhone 4S is just another in the list of products that Samsung claims Apple has infringed the patents of. The former accused the latter of not paying licensing fees for some of its patents relating to wireless technology before it started selling the iPhone in 2007. Apple claims that Samsung didn’t ask for licensing fees until 2010.

What makes this claim interesting is that it is the first time that Samsung has got the jump on Apple by requesting an injunction before the iPhone 4S has even hit the market. Will this preemptive strike work in their favor?

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