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December 09, 2011

French Court Rejects Samsung's Plea to Ban Sale of iPhone 4S
By Ashok Bindra
TMCnet Contributor

The global legal tussle between South Korea’s Samsung (News - Alert) Electronics Co. and the smartphone pioneer Apple Inc. continues, each side blaming the other for patent infringements. On Thursday, a French court rejected an appeal by Samsung Electronics to impose a preliminary ban on sale of Apple's (News - Alert) latest iPhone 4S. Surprisingly, the French court has called Samsung’s request out of proportion, and has ordered the company to pay Apple’s legal fees, which amounts to 100,000 Euros (US $134,122).

Since April, according to International multimedia news agency Reuters (News - Alert), the two major smartphone players have been involved in nearly 30 legal cases in ten countries around the world. The two giants have been aggressively competing for the top position in the booming smartphone and tablet markets.

Last week, as per the Reuters report, a U.S. court rejected Apple's bid to block Samsung from selling its Galaxy smartphones and tablets in the U.S. market. Similarly, in Australia, a preliminary sales ban on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 was lifted on Friday, wrote Reuters.

Concurrently, sales of the Apple iPhone (News - Alert) 4S were allowed to continue, after a court agreed to hear a patent infringement case brought by Samsung in March, wrote Reuters.

Meanwhile, the Reuters report shows that Samsung is reviewing the written grounds of the French ruling, and plans to tap all available options to assert its intellectual property (IP) rights.

In fact, Apple first sued Samsung in the U.S. in April, charging the South Korean consumer giant for blatantly copying its iPhone and iPad designs. Samsung counter sued Apple for infringing on its telecommunications technology, which was later extended to include iPhone 4S, which was released in October.

According to Reuters, Samsung has filed preliminary injunction motions against iPhone 4S in Japan, France, Italy and Australia.

Ashok Bindra is a veteran writer and editor with more than 25 years of editorial experience covering RF/wireless technologies, semiconductors and power electronics. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves


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