iPhone 4S Will Not Launch in France or Italy if Samsung Has its Way

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The iPhone 4S has been official for less than a day, and Samsung is already plotting to block the device’s launch in some parts of Europe. The Korean electronics giant has announced that it is filing a preliminary request to have an injunction slapped on Apple’s fifth-generation iPhone in both France and Italy.

Samsung claims that the iPhone 4S infringes two of its patents related to Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standards for 3G mobile handsets.

In a statement released just hours after the new iPhone was announced, Samsung lashes out at “free riding” Apple’s “continued” violation of its intellectual property rights:

The infringed technology is essential to the reliable functioning of telecom networks and devices and Samsung believes that Apple’s violation as being too severe and that the iPhone 4S should be barred from sales.

Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology. We believe it is now necessary to take legal action to protect our innovation.

Samsung is filing the injunction requests in both Paris and Milan today. The company had pre-warned Apple and fans of the iPhone last week that an injunction against the new smartphone was on its way.

And so the courtroom battles between these two companies continue. Will you be disappointed if Samsung gets the iPhone 4S delayed in France and Italy?

[via The Next Web]