Samsung Wants To Block Apple Selling The iPhone 4S In France And Italy

Samsung Electronics Co. said Wednesday it plans to file preliminary injunctions in Paris and Milan asking that courts block Apple’s iPhone 4S from being sold in France and Italy, alleging patent infringement of wireless telecommunications technology.

The move comes one day after Apple Inc. unveiled the iPhone 4S in the United States.

“Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology, and we will steadfastly protect our intellectual property,” Samsung said in a statement.

The companies have been at odds since April when Apple took legal actions claiming Samsung’s Galaxy line of smartphones and tablet computers copy the iPhone and iPad. Samsung has responded by taking Apple to court over what it alleges are violations of its patents covering wireless communications.

Samsung said the technology it claims Apple infringes “is essential to the reliable functioning of telecom networks and devices” and that it sees the alleged violations as “too severe and that (the) iPhone 4S should be barred from sales.”

Apple has won sales injunctions against Samsung products in the Netherlands and Germany and is seeking one in Australia. Samsung has asked a court in the Netherlands to stop Apple from selling iPhones and iPad tablets in that country.

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