Samsung considers blocking release of new Apple iPhone

Reuters

Samsung Electronics Co (Seoul, South Korea)  is considering legal action to ban sales of Apple's (Cupertino, Calif., U.S.A.) new iPhone, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday, in what could be its strongest step to defend against claims by the U.S. firm that the South Korean firm had copied its product designs.

The source declined to elaborate further on where Samsung planned to take legal actions and the Maeil Business Newspaper reported that Samsung may seek injunction request on Apple's new iPhone in Europe.

Samsung said it would not comment on ongoing legal issues.

The two technology firms have been locked in intensifying legal battles in nine countries over their flagship smartphone and tablet products.

The move comes after Apple successfully blocked Samsung from selling its latest tablets in Germany and some smartphone models in the Netherlands and forced its rival to indefinite delay launching new tablets in Australia.

After Apple’s latest legal victory in Germany earlier this month, Samsung said it would take all available legal options.

Apple has not produced a new version of its best-selling iPhone for more than a year. The product is crucial for the world's number one smartphone maker to keep its strong sales momentum as Samsung is quickly closing on the gap with its Galaxy line of products.

Apple sold 20.3 million iPhones in the second quarter and Samsung shipped just one million units less than that.  Media reports have said Apple’s product will go on sale in October.

Apple first sued Samsung in April, claiming its strongest competitor had "slavishly" copied its product designs, and Samsung had since counter-sued, arguing Apple infringed on its mobile technologies.

Samsung is also a major supplier of chips and displays for Apple's smartphones and tablet products.

(Reporting by Miyoung Kim; Editing by David Chance)

Related Articles

Apple tests new chips with TSMC, moves away from Samsung

Apple files patent suit against Samsung

Samsung and Apple predicted to surpass Nokia in smartphone sales

Analysis: Apple, Samsung argument may spur supplier shakeup

ArticleTools

Related Tags

Featured Reports

Geo IoT Outlook: Technologies, Services, Applications

Geo IoT is anticipated to move well beyond simply the ability to determine proximity for commerce and various retail applications. Longer term, presence detection and location determination will be a critical aspect of IoT privacy, security, and preference management for both consumer and industrial applications. 
Buy now

 

DAS Market Analysis and Forecasts 2016 - 2021

Analysis of the DAS market, including carrier WiFi, small cells, and SON, and the leading companies in the DAS ecosystem and their solutions.  The report also includes evaluation of market drivers, challenges, and provides forecasts for 2016 to 2021.
Buy now

 

NextGen Network OSS/BSS Forecast 2016 - 2021

Comprehensive coverage of NGN OSS/BSS including opportunities within Big Data and IoT, analysis of the drivers and issues related to the technical and business aspects of OSS/BSS, deployments and operations issues, and quantitative analysis with forecasts for anticipated growth through 2021.
Buy now