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iPhone 5 sales ban to be sought by Samsung

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The Samsung and Apple patent disputes look set to continue, as Samsung reveals it expects to file a motion to halt sales of the Apple iPhone 5 in the US after it has had the opportunity to fully examine the handset.

In a document handed to Californian courts yesterday, September 19th, Samsung confirmed that, despite recently being ruled to have infringed on a number of Apple patents and design rights, it “will file, in the near future, a motion to amend its infringement contentions to add the iPhone 5 as an accused product.”

The leaked document, which reveals Samsung is basing its expected grievances on “information currently available,” adds that the Samsung Galaxy S3 manufacturer will only formally include the iPhone 5 on its list of potentially patent infringing devices once it has had “reasonable opportunity to analyze the device.”

Having hinted that it would look to block sales of the iPhone 5 prior to the handset’s unveiling due to its then rumoured, now confirmed, use of 4G LTE connectivity technologies, Samsung has now suggested that the iPhone 5 could infringe on “eight patents that Samsung is already asserting in a California lawsuit against Apple, two of which have been declared standard-essential.”

The most eagerly awaited tech launch in recent memory, tomorrow’s iPhone 5 release date is expected to see Apple break all previous opening day sales records with iPhone 5 pre-orders having already seen 2 million handsets sold in the first 24 hours.

Boasting an all-new form factor wrapped around a larger, 4-inch Retina display, the 7.6mm thick iPhone 5 plays host to an A6 CPU and a revised 8-megapixel camera. The iOS 6 powered device also features an improved battery life and a new 8-pin dock connector, dubbed the Lightening port.

Far from the first time the two tech giants have been set to clash heads over claimed patent infringements, earlier this year, a California jury ruled Samsung had unlawfully utilised a selection of Apple patents, with the Korean giant forced to pay $1.05 billion (£650m) in damages.

Are you fed up of the ongoing legal battles between two of the tech industries biggest players or do you feel Samsung is the only company large enough to beat Apple at its own game? Let us know your thoughts on the matter via the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or the comments boxes below.

Via: TheNextWeb

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