Welcome to another episode of the Samsung versus Apple saga! After initially seeking a ban for the iPhone 4S in France and Italy — with other regions promised to follow — the Korean manufacturer is suing the Cupertino-based in Australia seeking an iPhone 4S ban.
Following up on its strategy shift — Samsung decided to go from “passive” to “more aggressive” against Apple — the Korean phone maker turned to the Federal Court of New South Wales Registry with a preliminary injunction motion. Same is valid for Tokyo, Japan (as well as Netherlands but here it was dismissed though) but according to intellectual property expert Florian Mueller, Samsung’s claims are not strong enough to pull the iPhone 4S from the shelves. It is based on patent infringement claims for intellectual property that is basically “essential to the 3G telecommunications standard”.
According to a company statement, “Samsung’s preliminary injunction request in Australia cites three patent infringements related to wireless telecommunications standards, specifically Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) and HSPA”. In Japan, it concerns “one High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) standard-related patent and three user interface patents, which seriously violate Samsung’s intellectual property”.