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Samsung goes on the attack, may seek to ban iPhone 5 in South Korea

Written by Rich Fiscus @ 19 Sep 2011 9:43 User comments (8)

Samsung goes on the attack, may seek to ban iPhone 5 in South Korea Recent lawsuits filed by Samsung against Apple may be a sign of a new strategy for defending their smartphone and tablet business based on recent comments.
Beseiged by lawsuits from Apple around the globe, Samsung filed a lawsuit of their own last week in France. The suit alleges violations of 3G related patents.

They also filed a countersuit in Australia, on similar grounds, as a response to Apple's lawsuit there. That suit has resulted in delays to the launch schedule for Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1.

According to a new report, Samsung plans to continue on the offensive when the next iPhone comes out. A Samsung executive, speaking off the record, told The Korea Times, "Just after the arrival of the iPhone 5 here, Samsung plans to take Apple to court here for its violation of Samsungs wireless technology related patents."

Although South Korea is a relatively small country, high smartphone penetration rates make it an important one to compete in. The country's two biggest mobile carriers have accounted for more than 3 million iPhone sales.

Much of the reason Samsung has been slow to defend itself is their significant business relationship with Apple. Samsung supplies components for devices like the iPhone and iPad.

A recent court ruling in Germany which bans the sale of current and future Galaxy Tab models is likely the motivation for their more aggresive stance.

Samsung CEO Choi Gee-sung said, "Apple is Samsungs biggest customer. Hewlett-Packard (HP), Nokia and Sony were Samsungs previous big clients, however, Apple is now a primary one. From our perspective, we are not entirely happy (about the litigations)."

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8 user comments

119.9.2011 13:14

Lol, Apple's pissed in its own breakfast. Jobs' investment decisions aside, this company makes the worst choices. They're quickly burning their bridges, even with the crApple fanboys. I can't believe they're pulling that junk in the App Store about purchases straight from developers.

219.9.2011 14:20

apple fanboys are the same as apple haters. annoying.

319.9.2011 14:22

As it's said in the sticks where in grew up, "You don't crap where you eat..."

In this particular case I'm not 100% sure which came first in this Chicken or Egg story; meaning, that I know for a fact that corporations & people of wealth DON'T use their own money for much of anything other than for things that they wish to keep.

Research & development, labor forces, raw materials, shelf companies and the lives of anyone that they deem as ineffectual to their financial stability are to be placed on someone else's 'accounts payable'.

All that being said, most if not all of Apple's technology is owned by Samsung in some form or fashion. To what degree has been previously hinted to & frankly, I'm not interested. What I do find intriguing & contradictive that it's hinted that not only did the German's not see this, but they still allowed the lawsuit. Possibly under the hospices of erring under the guise of being 'right' & thorough, but the time to clear things up would certainly be long enough to put a major dent in Samsung sales.

This situation smacks of the beginning of the same situation when Motorola decided to snuff out the RISC processor & Apple turned to Intel for it's replacement. The whole small global 'bang' of Apple clones & the like for a while was a nice touch (although I may be 'moshing' my time periods in a bit).

Like Windows, since it's inception, I had always pictured Apple as a choice of operating systems, not a freaking life changing, manipulating force IN my life. I think Samsung is saying the same thing.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 19 Sep 2011 @ 2:26

419.9.2011 15:34

LordRuss, I typically find your comments thoughful and clever. Please do not take my comment as critical. I am simply bringing to the forefront a comical mishap at your expense. I generally don't point out flaws in grammar but this was ripe for the picking. Sorry. ---Chikn

"Hospices": a type of care and a philosophy of care that focuses on the palliation of a terminally ill patient's symptoms

Auspices: patronage or guidance

519.9.2011 15:57

Oh... crap... I just knew I was using that word wrong! My wife always told me I was the most over educated dumbass there was... Just goes to show you. I think I must have done that, what, maybe four times here since I have been in the forums? Let's call it an even dozen, just to be on the safe side!

I made sure to get a fresh crayon & a new post-it & put that on my monitor... can't be too careful these days... damnspellcheck...

It'll be our little secret...

619.9.2011 17:59

Fight fire with fire I say. I hope other companies such as Google join in the fight against Apple, and put an end to this nonsense once and for all. I for one am sick and tired of Apple's lawsuit tactics.

719.9.2011 21:50

Stick it to 'em Samsung. Take a big bite out of that rotten apple, and spit in their face.

820.9.2011 01:57

How Stalinistic..........but YEAH! Stick it to Apple. I guess it'll be no different than the USA banning Cuban cigars.

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