As the iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 battle kicks into overdrive, Samsung has revealed it is to seek a sales ban on Apple’s latest generation smartphone, as the iPhone 5 is added to eight Samsung patent disputes.
The latest twist in the longstanding patent-based battle between the two companies, recent court filings have seen Samsung suggest that the newly released iPhone 5 infringes on a selection of its wireless data technologies, with the company’s 4G standard believed to be one key area of contention.
Whilst an immediate iPhone 5 sales ban is not on the cards, the two companies are set to return to the Californian courts within the year as they both collect evidence to support their individual arguments. With two of the eight court filings covering connectivity standards, the remaining six are said to focus on the handset’s general utilities.
"The iPhone 5 has the same accused functionality as the previously accused versions of the iPhone, so the proof of infringement of the patents-in-suit by the iPhone 5 is the same as for other Apple devices already accused of infringement in this litigation,” a Samsung spokesperson said in the company’s latest official statement.
They added: “We have always preferred to compete in the marketplace with our innovative products, rather than in courtrooms. However, Apple continues to take aggressive legal measures that will limit market competition. Under these circumstances, we have little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights.”
Keeping true to its word, prior to the September 21st iPhone 5 release date, Samsung declared that it intended to seek an iPhone 5 sales ban once it had been given “reasonable opportunity to analyze the device.”
Far from the first time the two companies have gone head-to-head in the courtrooms, earlier this year Samsung was ordered to pay a staggering $1.05billion in damages to Apple after being deemed to have repeatedly infringed on a selection of the iPad 3 and 2012 iPod touch maker’s design and technology patents.
Although recent reports have revealed that the Samsung Galaxy S3 was the UK’s most popular smartphone for September, not the iPhone 5, Apple saw its 4-inch Retina display boasting handset shift a staggering 5 million units during its opening three days on sale. Running the latest iOS 6 mobile operating system, the iPhone 4S follow on plays host to a dual-core A6 processor and an all new form factor that lines up at just 7.6mm thick.
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