Samsung are already preparing to sue Apple over their iPhone 5 even though a release date has still not been announced.
Samsung were recently denied an early look at the iPhone 5 and iPad 3, they were looking to see the products claiming that they need to know what Apple’s products will look like ahead of time to avoid future lawsuits. The patent war been the two tech giants has been ongoing for many months now, with Apple coming out on top more often than not.
In recent months the back and forth war between the two has only escalated and it seems Samsung have finally decided to take a more offensive approach with this latest news. When speaking to the Korea Times an anonymous senior executive at Samsung had this to say:
Just after the arrival of the iPhone 5 here, Samsung plans to take Apple to court here [in Korea] 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.
Currently, Samsung and Apple are fighting it out in at least nine countries around the world that include South Korea, France, Japan and the US, and have around 23 lawsuits between them.
Recently, Samsung filed a lawsuit against Apple in Australia claiming the iPhone and iPad infringe on their patents; the same country where the Galaxy Tab is currently banned. After filing the suit in Australia the Korean-based company said:
Samsung has a proud history of innovation in the mobile industry. It has invested continuously in R&D, design and technology to produce our innovative and cutting-edge mobile devices.
This latest twist in the patent war comes just days after Samsung filed a suit to get the ban on their Galaxy Tab range in Germany reversed. It certainly proves Samsung are far from ready to give up their fight against Apple. If they were successful in their bid to get the iPhone banned in Korea it would be a huge win for them and would certainly put them in a much better position to perhaps make some kind of deal with Apple.