iPhone-4Samsung is already preparing for battle against the iPhone 5, reportedly planning on filing suit against the handset in Korea as soon as it is released.

Speaking to the Korea Times, an anonymous senior executive at Samsung said:

Just after the arrival of the iPhone 5 here, Samsung plans to take Apple to court here [in Korea] for its violation of Samsung's wireless technology related patents.

For as long as Apple does not drop mobile telecommunications functions, it would be impossible for it to sell its i-branded products without using our patents. We will stick to a strong stance against Apple during the lingering legal fights.

Samsung and Apple currently have in the neighborhood of 23 lawsuits going on between them. Apple has sued Samsung in several countries and has been able to successfully bar the sale of the Galaxy Tab in many of those countries including Germany and Australia, and the 7.7" version of the Tab had to be pulled from display at IFA in Berlin.

Samsung also recently filed at suit against Apple in Australia, where Galaxy Tab sales are currently banned, in an attempt to invalidate Apple's patent claims in the country.

Samsung is obviously not willing to give up in its fight against Apple. A win in Korea would be huge for the manufacturer, simply because it would potentially ban the sale of the device in the country where it is physically being created.