Last month we told you that Samsung were looking to ban the iPhone 5 in its homeland, and then this moved onto Europe. It may not be called the iPhone 5 but it hasn’t stopped Samsung making its move. We now have news that the iPhone 4S may not come to France or Italy if Samsung gets its way.
The company has said it will file for a ban on sales of the device in courts in France and Italy, and according to Reuters the new iPhone infringed its patents. Samsung have also said it will be reviewing widening the ban to other countries as well.
This news comes just a day after Apple disappointed investors and consumers alike with its enhanced iPhone model. This ongoing legal dispute between the two companies may damage some of Samsung’s future business, as currently Apple is one of its biggest customers for chips and displays.
We recently told you about Apple rejecting an offer from Samsung to end its dispute over the Galaxy Tab 10.1 device. Samsung said in a statement “Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free-ride on our technology”.
The company will begin steps to take out injunctions on the new iPhone today, and covers two patent violations. Laws in France and Italy allow companies to seek bans on products even before they have hit the shelves.
Both companies are battling to see who can be top dog in the smartphone market, and even though the iPhone 4 has proved to be hugely successful, Samsung’s Galaxy S II is selling lot hot cakes. Samsung have been tipped by some to finally overtake Apple in smartphone sales during the third quarter.