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Samsung Plans to Target Apple’s iPhone 5 with Patent Lawsuits!
It seems that the biggest patent war in the US history would continue for many months with a lot of new firing issues. Apple has almost throttle Samsung Galaxy product line, including its most popular Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 10.7 in entire Europe and a few other regions of the world. To make the equation balance, Samsung is now planning to file a bundle of patent lawsuits against Apple to observe a complete ban on Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5 in Korea. The Korean company is well determined to quench its thirst of revenge by bowing its US based rival’s head, at least in Korea.
Notably, about 23 lawsuits are pending between Apple and Samsung in the countries including France, Japan, Germany, Korea and the United States and it is being expected that these numbers would grow in upcoming few days since both Apple & Samsung are fully prepared to give a logical end to this grand patent war.
A senior executive from Samsung Electronics, asking not to be identified, comments;
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,
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.
These remarks show that Samsung has changed its previous policy of not to indulge itself into a combat with Apple even when the later filed a number of lawsuit against Samsung by claiming that the company’s Galaxy brand smartphones and tablets are the perfect copies of its iPhone and iPad.
Why Samsung was previously showing so much flexibility over this issue? The one and the only reason behind Samsung’s accepting an image as copycats is; Samsung was trying its best to not to lose the US market especially Apple being the firm’s client among the U.S. other companies using its flash memories.
But when Apple won an injection from a German court against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to ban its sale all around the Germany, back in last month, Samsung’s bowl of patience overflowed and it begin to show a 180-degree turn in its approach towards the entire matter. The other event, that added fuel to fire, occurred during the IFA tech conference-Berlin where Samsung had to pull its latest smaller screen Galaxy Tab 7.7 in a very insulting manner.
Samsung showed its annoyance by filing an appeal against the Germany ruling and a countersuit against Apple in Australia where Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been facing a sale ban for last few weeks.
Now, Samsung-the world’s second-largest handset maker is fully equipped to target iPhone 5- Apple’s next generation phone.
We are taking different tactics since we are quite confident,’’ said another Samsung executive on the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t allowed to speak publicly for Samsung.
If Samsung wins in Germany that will give us a big breakthrough and so will other envisioned efforts against such products as the iPhone 5.
Interestingly enough, Samsung also claims that Apple’s iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad 2 tablet infringe seven patents related to its wireless technology.
Why Samsung is Targeting iPhone 5?
Apple has successfully managed to create a terrific hype about its upcoming iPhone 5 and it has become a most popular gadget before its arrival in tech markets. iPhone 5 is going to grab some fantastic features and specs including LG Display’s liquid crystal display (LCD), Samsung’s NAND flash memories and application processors (APs) and LG Innotek’s camera modules. Also, it would have a superb 8-megapixel camera and a swift A5 dual-core processor. Near-field communication (NFC), for easy credit-card payments, is also expected to be incorporated in iPhone 5.
If Samsung manages to block the latest Apple handset it could affect SK Telecom and KT, the Korean’s top two mobile carriers, authorized to sell iPhones.
KT spokesman Lee In-won clued to pay attention to the ongoing patent war, while SK Telecom spokeswoman Kim Ji-won refused to pass on any comment on the said matter.
KT and SK Telecom have sold some 2.7 million and 400,000 iPhones in the local market, respectively. The iPhone 5 will make its debut here in the not-so-distant future through the two carriers.
Yet, the matter may be guided to a right direction of a great settlement between the two tech giants, Apple and Samsung since the latter seems much reluctant to continue battle with Apple and still trying to find out a respectable solution of the whole issue, for both parties.
Samsung CEO Choi Gee-sung expressed his views over the said issue during a recent meeting with reporters.
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).
We think; now Samsung might gain a commanding position in the patent warfield as it would behave harshly like a wounded bull fighting for his survival while Apple would have to be defensive a little bit since the ban on the sale of iPhone 5 would harm it too.
Entire Credit: Koreatimes