Samsung is to file for a ban on sales of the iPhone 4S in courts in France and Italy. The electronics giant said that the phone infringes on several of its patents, according to Reuters and Samsung is likely to file applications for sales bans in other countries as well.
Galaxy smartphones have emerged as the most credible competitor to Apple’s iPhone and iPad and the two manufacturers are locking horns over perceived patent violations in countries across the globe. Court battles are currently raging in countries including Germany, the Netherlands, Australia and the US.
The escalating legal battle is threatening Samsung’s telecoms and component businesses as Apple is Samsung’s biggest chip and display customer.
Earlier this week, Apple rejected the Galaxy Tab-maker’s attempt at appeasement. Samsung had offered to make modifications to its Galaxy Tab, so that it no longer violated the patents Apple is contesting and so that it could begin sales in Australia.
“Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free-ride on our technology,” Samsung told Reuters in a statement. “We will steadfastly protect our intellectual property.”
The preliminary injunction requests for a ban on iPhone 4S sales are to be filed today and each case involves two patent infringements related to its wireless technology.
Apple and Samsung are currently vying for the top spot in the global smartphone market.
Samsung’s shares closed up 1.7% today after the new iPhone failed to impress the market and Apple fans, which has left Samsung in a better position to grab a larger chunk of the smartphone market.