Samsung promised it would be going after Apple’s next iPhone, and its making good on its promise, with plans to file for a preliminary injunction against the iPhone 4Sin both France and Italy. If granted, the injunction would prevent iPhone 4S sales in both countries.
On its official blog, Samsung issued the following statement:
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.
Samsung and Apple have an assortment of pending lawsuits in a variety of different countries. So far Samsung has been unsuccessful at blocking Apple sales, however, Apple has been granted an injunction against the sale of several Galaxy-branded devices in a number of countries.
Samsung recently offered Apple a deal in one of those countries, Australia, that would put the Galaxy Tab on store shelves before the holiday season. Apple rejected that request.