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Samsung to block Apple iPhone 5 before release?

The ongoing legal wrangling between Apple and Samsung is showing no signs of abating – or grounding itself any more firmly in reality. After scoring an injunction that saw the sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 blocked in Europe for about a week, Samsung are now hitting back at Apple by trying to have its iPhone 5 banned before it’s even announced.

Samsung is currently embroiled in a legal battle with Apple over what it claims are infringements of Samsung wireless technology patents, without which Samsung reckon Apple’s iDevices couldn’t function. “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.” Said an anonymous Samsung senior executive. “Just after the arrival of the iPhone 5 [in Korea], Samsung plans to take Apple to court here for its violation of Samsung’s wireless technology related patents.”

Since the original ban on its Galaxy Tab 10.1, the injunction won by Apple has been lifted and sales of the Tab have been resumed, but each side’s legal eagles continue to take each other to task in courtrooms around the world. But suing Apple for a phone that hasn’t even been announced yet? We like that gumption. Legitimate grievance or sour grapes? Let us know your thoughts on Recombu’s Facebook page or the Recombu Twitter feed.

Source: AppleInsider

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