After suing Apple in Australia, Samsung is now considering banning the sales of the next iPhone in Korea. The patent wars between Apple and Samsung have escalated to an all new level as the South Korean company looks to take the legal issues from Europe to the rest of the world. According to a report by The Korea Times, a Senior Executive from Samsung on condition of anonymity revealed that when the iPhone 5 arrives in Korea, Samsung plans on taking the Cupertino-based company to court for their violation of Samsung’s wireless technology related patents.
The drama continues
He goes on to state that as long as Apple does not drop mobile telecommunications functions, it would be impossible for them to sell their i-branded products without the use of Samsung patents. He insists that the company will stick to a strong stance against Apple during these on-going legal battles. This is contrary to what Samsung said before that they would not comment on ongoing legal issues. Apple and Samsung have been in growing legal battles in nine countries so far over the Apple iPhones, iPads and the Galaxy line from Samsung. After Apple won a legal battle, banning the sale of the Galaxy Tabs in Germany, Samsung has made it clear that they would take all legal options available to fight against them.
The report suggests that the two companies may amicably settle these legal issues as Apple is Samsung’s biggest customer and their primary one. Speaking regarding this issue, Samsung’s CEO Choi Gee-sung said, “Apple is Samsung’s biggest customer. Hewlett-Packard (HP), Nokia and Sony were Samsung’s previous big clients, however, Apple is now a primary one. From our perspective, we are not entirely happy (about the litigations).”
Hopefully, from a consumer’s standpoint these legal issues should be settled quickly before Apple and Samsung continue to take these legal battles across to the rest of the world.
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