Apple won an extensive patent trial against Samsung in late August when a jury ruled the South Korea-based smartphone maker owed Apple more than $1 billion in damages. Samsung isn’t stepping down just yet: a new report from The Korea Times is again suggesting that Samsung is gearing up to sue Apple in Europe and in the United States right after it launches the iPhone 5. This time, however, the news site quotes several sources.
“It’s true that Samsung Electronics has decided to take immediate legal action against the Cupertino-based Apple,” one source, who sounds like an internal Samsung employee, told the paper. “Countries in Europe and even the United States ― Apple’s home-turf ― are our primary targets.” As we’ve already reported, Samsung believes the iPhone 5 will infringe on its patents related to 4G LTE connectivity. Apple has said that 3G patents can be used under fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms, but another source said 4G LTE is a different ballgame.
“The story is totally different when you talk about LTE patents,” the insider told The Korea Times. “These are new and highly-valued.”
[via The Korea Times]