Samsung seeks iPhone 4S ban in France and Italy, revoke iPad design rights

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Samsung has announced plans seeking a ban of the recently-announced iPhone 4S in France and Italy, claiming that the company has infringed on its patents related to wireless technologies. In addition, the company plans to get iPad’s design rights nullified by the European Union.

“Samsung’s preliminary injunction requests in France and Italy will each cite two patent infringements related to wireless telecommunications technology, specifically Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standards for 3G mobile handsets,” the company wrote in a blogpost detailing their action.

“The infringed technology is essential to the reliable functioning of telecom networks and devices and Samsung believes that Appleā€™s violation as being too severe and that the iPhone 4S should be barred from sales.”

It has plans to widen this suit, which could include Australia. The iPhone 4S is scheduled for release on October 14.

In addition, according to a report by South Korean news agency Yonhap, it has also filed an application with the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market to revoke the iPad design rights in the European Union. The Cupertino-based company says it has exclusive rights to use the design and prevent other parties from using it within the EU and can be renewed up to a maximum of 25 years.

Again, I’m still questioning how Apple hasn’t been caught behaving with anti-trust practices by killing its competition with such crap like that above. There are only a few ways to make a tablet.