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Samsung seeks to block iPhone 5 in S.Korea

Samsung is seeking to block the sale of Apple’s iPhone 5 in South Korea, when it launches.

The company recently lost the rights to sell its Galaxy Tab in Germany, after Apple won an injunction to block the sale of the product, alleging that the device infringes patents held by Apple.

According to The Korea Times, Samsung is seeking revenge, and will endeavour to block the sale of the next product Apple will bring to the market, the iPhone 5, in its home nation, South Korea.

The company claims that all Apple’s iPhone models infringe on seven of its South Korean patents.

“Just after the arrival of the iPhone 5 here, Samsung plans to take Apple to court here for its violation of Samsung’s wireless technology related patents,”’ the Korean newspaper cited an unnamed senior executive from Samsung Electronics, as saying.

“For as long as Apple does not drop mobile telecommunications functions, it would be impossible for it to sell its i-branded products without using our patents. We will stick to a strong stance against Apple during the lingering legal fights.”

Samsung has said that it will appeal the decision by a German court to ban the sale of its Galaxy Tab in the country. There are currently at least 23 lawsuits pending between Apple and Samsung globally.


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