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Samsung seeks sales ban on iPhone 4S in Japan, Australia

(Xinhua)

16:50, October 17, 2011

SEOUL, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- Samsung Electronics said Monday that it would seek sales ban on Apple's iPhone 4S in Japan and Australia following similar motions in France and Italy.

"Samsung Electronics today filed preliminary injunction motions in the Tokyo District Court, Japan and in the New South Wales Registry, Australia, requesting the courts to stop the sale of Apple's iPhone4S in the respective countries," Samsung said in an e-mailed statement.

The announcement came two weeks after Samsung asked judges in France and Italy to block the sales of the new version of iPhone on Oct. 5, accusing Apple of infringing severely on Samsung's wireless telecommunications technology.

Apple's new chief executive Tim Cook introduced on Oct. 4 ( local time) the upgraded iPhone, featuring new voice command function, dual-core A5 processor and a higher-resolution camera. The new iPhone was rolled out on Oct. 14 in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Britain, Japan and Australia.

The iPhone 4S was widely estimated to be sold more than 2 million units in its first weekend after being rolled out as customers around the world rushed to buy the new iPhone, viewed as one of the last products developed under the late Steve Jobs.

Samsung claimed that Apple violated its mobile and user interface (UI) patents. In Japan, infringements on one High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) standard-related patent and three user UI patents were cited as the sales ban request. In Australia, Samsung cited three patent infringements related with wireless telecommunications standards as the preliminary injunction request.

In Japan, Samsung is also seeking a court injunction to bar the sale of iPhone4 and iPad2, according to the statement.

Separately, Samsung appealed the Australian court's decision on Oct. 13 to grant a preliminary sales ban on its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer.

"Apple has continued to violate our patent rights and free ride on our technology. We will no longer stand idly by and will steadfastly protect our intellectual property," Samsung said.

Patent battle between Samsung and Apple has escalated recently after Samsung shifted its stance from passive to offensive. Lee Young-hee, head of global marketing for mobile communications at Samsung, told media on Sept. 23 that Samsung would pursue its right for wireless patents in a more aggressive way, calling its past approach as passive. Samsung has been involved in patent lawsuits with Apple in 10 countries around the world.

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