Samsung may block iPhone 5

2011-09-20 08:22

Seoul - South Korea's Samsung Electronics will file lawsuits to try to block the sale of Apple's iPhone 5 as part of its global legal tussle with the US technology giant, a report said on Tuesday.

The two firms are at loggerheads in a series of patent lawsuits over the technology and design of their smartphones and tablet computers.

Maeil Business Newspaper cited a Samsung official as saying the firm would "strategically" launch the legal actions as Apple was expected to start selling the much-anticipated smartphone in October.

"We have not yet decided whether to launch the suits in South Korea or in a third country," the unidentified official was quoted as saying.

It was unclear whether Samsung would seek a sales ban only in South Korea or internationally. A Samsung Electronics spokesperson declined to comment.


Apple has accused Samsung of "slavishly" copying the technology and designs of its iPhone and iPad.

It has filed complaints in countries including Germany and Australia, seeking a ban on sales of Samsung's Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab.

Samsung, the world's biggest memory chip maker and the number two mobile phone producer after Nokia, has launched counter-suits claiming its US rival infringed its wireless technology patents.

The Suwon-based company earlier this month was forced to withdraw its new tablet PC from a major electronics fair in Berlin after a German court approved a request from Apple to ban sales and marketing.

Samsung however vowed to appeal, saying it would actively take "all available measures, including legal options" to defend its presence in the European market.

The company said last week it had filed complaints in France against Apple alleging infringement of three mobile phone technology patents in the US firm's iPhone and iPad.

The complaint was filed before a Paris district court in July and the first hearing is expected in December.

Despite their legal battles, Apple is one of the biggest customers for Samsung's chips and display screens.

  • Hendrik - 2011-09-20 08:54

    Intellectual property laws are really becoming a joke.

  • Badballie - 2011-09-20 09:08

    boys with they say, time for these guys to grow up and act like adults. Part of the problem here is of course the human expectation that ideas can be protected and the belief that only one person would have an idea using similar technology.

  • ThePranksta - 2011-09-20 09:27

    Best of all none of their ideas or technology in question here were developed by them. All these corporates take ideas/discoveries from the real innovators: either by claiming open concepts that have been around for decades and claim it as their own, "acquiring" other companies with the new technology or by just by plain old stealing

  • Jaun Lombard - 2011-09-20 11:36

    Apple will never beat Samsung because the use Samsung tech...Only if the best games in the world could be played on an Apple computer, but there tech is not even on Windows standards for games. Apple is only over priced copies of original stuff and the world is falling for there low tech

  • Mr. Fusion - 2011-09-20 11:40

    Apple has always fought against everybody. Samsung should stop supplying parts considering the iphone/ipad/ipod is basically all Samsung parts.

      NuttyZA - 2011-09-20 12:03

      hmmm... but Apple is Samsungs biggest customer, why would a company stop their biggest revenue stream?

      Mr. Fusion - 2011-09-20 14:37

      Samsung along with Daewoo are the biggest shipbuilders in the world. Electronics, like cars & earthmoving equipment are a side business for them.

  • Cullen - 2011-09-20 11:58

    pay back time

  • cynpenx82 - 2011-09-20 12:31

    Samsung cannot stop supplying due to their contracts bond..logically.. but quite surprise that apple is one of the biggest customers for Samsung chips and screen yet claim Samsung copying their techno??

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