An eye for an eye. Samsung is gearing up a legal assault on Apple’s highly awaited iPhone 5 in retaliation to the iPhone maker’s attempts to ban its products from sale in Australia, the United States and Europe.
Some say a flaw in patent law, I say its Samsung’s attempt at payback.
According to the Korean Times quoting “Samsung insiders” the company could ban it from South Korea, claiming that the product violates the wireless technology patents that Samsung holds.
Apparently, the patents cover most of the technology used by Apple for its phone functions and the South Korean rival believes it could have a case.
“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,” according to one senior executive at Samsung.
Apple has launched lawsuits against Samsung, claiming that their products infringe on their patents and trademark designs. However, as Samsung is a big backer of Android, and Apple recently targeting most of the strong backers of the Google OS rival – such as HTC and Motorola – it appears that Apple is trying to kill it off so it can continue its dominance.
Anti-competitive behaviour, anyone?
Apple has also been accused of manipulating images in order to assist its cases in Europe.
However, Apple appears to be winning. Samsung has hit several setbacks in the past few months. A US judge denied its request to see the iPhone 5, while also having its products pulled from sale in Germany and the EU (thanks to a Dutch ruling). And in the end of the day, it only matters if you are the winner.