Samsung Not in a Mood to Leave Apple Alone; iPhone 5 to Face Legal Charges

September 20, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

While many people on this planet wait expectantly for the fifth generation iPhone to make its appearance, there’s an electronics company (and a leading one at that), who is just as expectant for the iPhone 5- although not for the same reason as the rest of the world. South-Korea based Samsung Electronics is prepping up to file a new offensive against Apple’s iPhone 5 for violating Samsung’s patent rights.

Both the companies have been at legal wars for sometime now, and Samsung’s move is apparently in retaliation against the Cupertino based company’s patent suits against it in the global markets. When taken count, at least 23 lawsuits exists between the two technological companies in countries such as France, Japan, Germany, Korea and the United States, and if they keep this legal battle alive, we may well see it expanding to other lands.

With the launch of iPhone 5, Samsung intends file a violation of the company’s wireless technology related patents against Apple. A senior exec of Samsung was heard saying that “For as long as Apple does not drop mobile telecommunications functions, it would be impossible for it to sell its i-branded products without using our patents. We will stick to a strong stance against Apple during the lingering legal fights.’’

Apple had earlier filed cases against Samsung’s Galaxy brand smartphones and tablets. The battle between the two might seem paradoxical, seeing as both companies do benefit from each other.

Apple counts as Samsung’s major clients that use the company’s flash memories. But despite the business relation, Apple had won an injunction from a German court against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 early last month, making Samsung unable to sell the tablet in Germany.

Furthermore, the South-Korean company had to hold back the unveiling of its Galaxy Tab 7.7during the IFA tech fair in Berlin this month. Samsung had countered by filing an appeal against the German ruling as well as a countersuit in Australia where the Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales had been banned.

Samsung, with the iPhone 5 as its target, intends to get back at Apple. The company claims that seven of its patents, related to wireless technology, were violated by Apple’s iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad 2.

The iPhone 5 is due to come out in a few weeks time. Will it be a victim of the legal war?

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