After Samsung’s incredibly cheeky stunt where Galaxy S2’s were sold for peanuts a stone’s throw from Apple’s flagship store in Sydney, comes this decidedly less friendly move.
Samsung is now seeking to block sales of the iPhone 4S in Australia and Japan, claiming that Apple has “continued to violate our patent rights and free ride on our technology,” according to a statement given to Bloomberg. “We will no longer stand idly by and will steadfastly protect our intellectual property.”
The legal wranglings has seen both companies repeatedly suing and counter-suing each other, leading to Samsung products being taken off the shelves in some European countries including the UK, (albeit temporarily).
Previously, Samsung has moved to block sales of the iPhone 4S in France and Italy but has yet to do so in the UK. Apple was successful in blocking sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, as it had done (with some success) in Europe previously.
As we understand it, the ban applies to the Tab 10.1 alone and not any other tablets that Samsung might be releasing, such as the Tab 8.9 and the Galaxy Note phone/pad/hybrid device.
Samsung’s obviously on the offensive here, getting its oar in. But with sales of the iPhone 4S taking off in the States and over here in the UK, we can’t imagine this will stop people snapping them up.