Samsung Going After the iPhone 5 in Europe

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23 Sep, 2011 12:23 am


Samsung is reportedly preparing to block sales of the iPhone 5 in Europe. The South Korean company is rumored to be making plans to ban the up coming smartphone from Apple in their own country as well as selected countries in Europe.

Samsung and Apple have been playing a global game of cat and mouse with the patent lawyers. First the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was banned for sale in Europe, then just Germany and Australia, the Galaxy SII smartphone violated patents, but they were only in the realm of software. So far the US has been spared rulings on patent vilolations since the court date for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is isn’t going to happen until June.

Details are still vague on the nature of the complaint Samsung has against the iPhone 5 since deatils on the handset have yet to be released. Samsung unsuccessfully demanded to see the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 in courts awhile back to ensure Apple wasn’t violating any of their technology patents.

The question of the day is if Samsung is just taking a stab in the dark or if they’ve actually got something up their sleeve. Samsung has a bevy of wireless patents at its disposal, which would likely trump any claims to design infringement Apple may have, one patent lawyer suggested. The next step for the interested follower is to keep an eye on the case in South Korea since it might set precedent for further litigation in Europe.

With the iPhone 5 launch looming its going to become an interesting Q4. With so much at stake Apple may be looking to Japan in order to reduce their dependency on Samsung for flash memory should this fight sour their supplier relationship.

Personally I can’t wait to see what happens, Apple has been going after Samsung because they’ve been producing products that actually compete. Stifling innovation through design patents has come across as an attempt to slow down the competition.

Is it just me or is anyone else rooting for Samsung on this one?

Via Gottabemobile Source Financial Times

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