iPhone 4S gets Samsung's lawyers out (again)

Samsung accuses Apple of infringing WCDMA patent, stealing its lunch money and leaving the toilet seat up



With metronomic predictability, Samsung has launched a barrage of injunctions at Apple's new iPhone 4S. The words "iPhone 4S" were barely out of Tim Cook's mouth when Samsung's lawyers slapped Apple with two preliminary injunction requests in France and Italy.

According to Sammy's official blog Samsung Tomorrow, Apple has trodden on its toes with a pair of patent infringements related to WCDMA standards for 3G mobile handsets.

"Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology," reads Samsung's statement. "We believe it is now necessary to take legal action to protect our innovation."

Samsung wraps up with a not-so-veiled threat to file injunctions in other countries "after further review."

The patent war has seen Apple and Samsung firing off tit-for-tat infringement claims over the course of the year, memorably resulting in the Galaxy Tab 7.7 vanishing from Samsung's stand at IFA.  

With the Nexus Prime and Galaxy Note launches looming on the horizon, Apple's lawyers will doubtless be poring over the legal tomes looking for something they can pin on Samsung. Stealing Tim Cook's jelly, perhaps.


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