The patent war between Apple and Samsung flares up again as Samsung said it will file patent suits to ban sales of the upcoming iPhone 4S in France and Italy. The South Korean electronics giant claims Apple's new smartphone violates two patents related to WCDMA standards for 3G mobile handsets:
Samsung's preliminary injunction requests in France and Italy will each cite two patent infringements related to wireless telecommunications technology, specifically Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standards for 3G mobile handsets. 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," a statement by Samsung reads.
Samsung plans to file preliminary injunctions in other countries after further review.