It’s Samsung’s Turn to Block iPhone Sales
Samsung has been trying its best to weather the barrage of lawsuits Apple has been showering it in practically all continents. Apple means business in its claims that Samsung is infringing on the patents the guys at Cupertino hold. But now, it’s Samsung’s turn to use legal action against Apple as it tries to prevent the sale of the newly announced iPhone 4S.
Samsung is basically flinging the same charges that Apple has claimed against the former. The Korean electronics manufacturing giant is claiming that Apple is infringing on its own patents. The company is trying to halt sales of the iPhone 4S in Italy and France. Samsung said that it will be claiming two patent violations in both countries, these violations revolve around the Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standard that is implemented on mobile devices.
Samsung fired off a very strong press statement that claims “Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology, and we will steadfastly protect our intellectual property.”
Samsung’s lawsuit is quite possibly the company’s own way of getting back at Apple for thwarting the sale of some of its own products in different markets all over the world — most notably, the Samsung Galaxy Android tablets, which is a notable competitor in the tablet market, which Apple is dominating.
Samsung’s more aggressive move may have repercussions in the long term because both it and Apple actually have a business relationship, collaborating in manufacturing some components used in Apple’s many products.