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Samsung moves to block sales of iPhone 4S in France and Italy. And so it begins…

The iPhone 4S isn’t in shops yet, has only just been announced, but none of that has stopped Samsung from getting an oar in. The Korean company, which is embroiled in a high-level legal spat with Apple, has moved to block future sales of the iPhone 4S in France and Italy.

In the latest move, Samsung has filed two motions for preliminary injunctions in Paris and Milan. A post over on Samsung Tomorrow reads thus:

Samsung Electronics will file separate preliminary injunction motions in Paris, France and Milano, Italy on October 5 local time requesting the courts block the sale of Apple’s iPhone 4S in the respective markets.

Samsung’s preliminary injunction requests in France and Italy will each cite two patent infringements related to wireless telecommunications technology, specifically Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standards for 3G mobile handsets.

The infringed technology is essential to the reliable functioning of telecom networks and devices and Samsung believes that Apple’s violation as being too severe and that the iPhone 4S should be barred from sales.

“Reliable functioning of telecom networks” here could refer to the Antennagate-busting tech that’s tucked away in the iPhone 4S.

Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology. We believe it is now necessary to take legal action to protect our innovation.

Ouch.

In the same post Samsung also mentioned that it “plans to file preliminary injunctions in other countries” after seeing how these motions go. So expect similar action in the UK and elsewhere soon.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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