Sammy Wants to Keep the iPhone 4S From Selling in France & Italy

October 5, 2011, By Alex Ion

The Apple x Samsung drama continues as we’re now hearing that the South Korean manufacturer would like to prevent the iPhone 4S from selling in France and Italy.

In an official statement, Sammy has announced that they will file two preliminary injunction requests in Paris and Milan today (October 5th). The reason is that the newly released smartphone, the iPhone 4S, infringes on two of their patents that have to do with WCDMA standards (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) for 3G-enabled devices.

France and Italy are just the tip of the iceberg. Company officials have stated that they need to protect their intellectual property and that other countries will follow soon.

“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,” they said in the press release. “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,” they added.

So far there’s no reply from Apple regarding the issue, but we’re pretty sure they won’t just sit still.

How long ’till these two settle it, folks? And who will win the top spot in the global smartphone market?

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