Samsung to seek ban for iPhone 4S in Japan
아이폰4S 대항마 ‘갤럭시 넥서스’ 드디어…
Samsung Electronics has requested that sales of the latest iPhone 4S be blocked in Australia and Japan, alleging that Apple products are enjoying a “free ride” on its wireless communications as well as user interface (UI) patents, the company announced yesterday.
“Apple has continued to violate our patent rights and catch a free ride on our technology,” Samsung said in a statement released to the press. “We will no longer tolerate such activities and will steadfastly protect our intellectual property.”
The move comes after Samsung announced that it had made a similar request to courts in France and Italy on Oct. 5, shortly after Apple unveiled its newest iPhone to the world and the day that Apple lost co-founder Steve Jobs to cancer.
Since then, Samsung, the world’s No. 2 maker of smartphones that is widely expected to have overtaken Apple in the third quarter, has stressed that the two European countries mark the start of a larger offensive.
The two rivals have been embroiled in about 20 patent disputes worldwide since April of last year, of which Samsung has already lost four. Apple contends that Samsung violated design and interface elements from its iPhone and iPad.
In Japan, Samsung is seeking a ban on the iPhone 4S - as well as the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 - claiming that they infringe upon one of Samsung’s mobile communications patents and three of its UI patents.
In Australia, the company is pushing to end sales of just the iPhone 4S, arguing that the handset violates three of its wireless networking patents. Last Thursday, Apple successfully managed to ban sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the country.
In fact, Apple has secured an upper hand in their tit-for-tat battle recently as it has also had Samsung’s smartphones banned in the Netherlands and its tablets removed from store shelves in Germany and Australia.
Dutch judges also ruled in favor of Apple on Friday, rejecting Samsung’s request to place an injunction on Apple’s mobile devices for patent infringements.
But Samsung’s push to widen its proposed ban on the iPhone 4S shows that it is not ready to throw in the towel yet.
Last Friday, the iPhone 4S went on sale in seven countries, including the United States, Australia and Japan, and is setting record sales in the U.S. compared to previous versions of the iconic smartphone.
Meanwhile, Jay. Y. Lee, president and chief operating officer of Samsung Electronics, attended a memorial service for Jobs at Stanford in California at the invitation of Apple CEO Tim Cook.
“Samsung and Apple should carry on their partnership and also compete fairly and fiercely in the market,” Lee told reporters as he left for the United States on Sunday night.
Industry watchers have been speculating about whether Lee and Cook would have sideline talks to try and patch up their differences at the memorial service but Samsung refused to comment on the issue, describing it as a private matter.
By Kim Hyung-eun [email@example.com]