Samsung may try to block next iPhone in Europe too
Jesus mobe's fifth coming could see fanboi frustration
Samsung could try to get the iPhone 5 delayed or banned in Europe, a source has told South Korea's Maeil Business Newspaper today. The Korean giant is considering a lawsuit against the next version of the Apple smartphone due in October, in the expectation that iPhone 5 will make use of some basic telecoms technology that Samsung has patented.
A patent suit could at least delay the launch of the phone until the case is resolved.
It comes a day after The Korea Times quoted an anonymous Samsung exec saying that the company would attempt to do the same thing in Korea.
According to Reuters, the MBN's source said that Samsung was considering further legal action against Apple and that the "South Korean firm may seek an injunction request on Apple's new iPhone in Europe."
Any legal success for Samsung would be a massive blow to Apple's signature product, whose eagerly awaited launch has been delayed already. And – of course – to UK iPhone lovers.
Samsung's hypothetical case would rest on basic telecoms patents that it holds, and its belief that the iPhone 5 will make use of some of these.
But the Korean giant won't know what's in the phone exactly until its release in October – so these murmured threats could be just hot air.
Still, anything is possible in the never-ending patent war between the two companies.
Since April this year, when Apple sued Samsung for "copying" the iPhone with its Galaxy range, the relationship between the two has soured drastically and they are locked in patent lawsuits all over the world. Samsung vowed a more aggressive legal approach after Apple managed to get the Samsung Galaxy Tab pulled from Germany. ®
> I doubt you have seen a Galaxy phone
> as they look "exactly" like iPhones.
No they don't.
Superficially - they are both roughly rectangular, and about the size one would expect for a smartphone.
The similarity? They both have rounded corners. BFD. So does my dining-room table. Sharp corners are unpleasant when they come into contact with humans. The solution to that problem - rounding off the corners - is as old as the hills.
Otherwise, the icons are different, the layout of the screen is different, the way the phone works is different. They do, however, both have an icon of a phone handset that is used for phone functions. And Apple didn't invent that.
...that since Apple started this, it's only right that Samsung take the baton and run the rest of the course with it.
a decision that apple may live to regret. i hope.
Apple deserves everything that is coming to them
I'm so glad that Samsung is using the full force against Apple. Apple are the big bullies of this tech world and it's only Samsung that seems to be standing up against them. If it wasn't for Samsung, Apple would be doing the same to other manufacturers. However, the heated court battles with Samsung only seem to allow Apple to lightly attack the other companies. I really hope Apple crawls back under the rock from where it came from. This will finally allow everyone to focus on producing good tech for the consumers rather than spending wasted effort in courts over patents.