Samsung seeks ban on iPhone 4S in Australia

Tit-for-tat legal move follows injunction on Galaxy 10.1 tablet; Australians buying Galaxy Tab online, circumventing ban

Samsung has released a media statement today confirming it has filed a preliminary injunction in the New South Wales Registry to stop the sale of Apple's iPhone 4S in the country. The company also confirmed it has also filed a preliminary injunction motion in the Tokyo District Court, Japan. In addition to the new lawsuit against the iPhone 4S, Samsung has appealed last week's Federal Court decision to grant a preliminary injunction on sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet in Australia. Meanwhile, the Sydney Morning Herald reports that Australians are acquiring Galaxy Tabs in the thousands from legitimate online sources.

Text of full Samsung statement Samsung Electronics today filed preliminary injunction motions in the Tokyo District Court, Japan and in the New South Wales Registry, Australia requesting the courts to stop the sale of Apple’s iPhone4S in the respective countries. In a separate filing today, Samsung has appealed the Australian court’s decision on October 13 to grant a preliminary injunction over the GALAXY Tab 10.1. In Japan, Samsung is also seeking an injunction to immediately bar the sale of iPhone4 and iPad2. The injunction request in Japan cites infringements on one High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) standard-related patent and three user interface patents, which seriously violate Samsung’s intellectual property. Samsung’s preliminary injunction request in Australia cites three patent infringements related to wireless telecommunications standards, specifically Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) and HSPA. In light of these violations, Samsung believes the sale of such Apple devices should be injuncted. Apple has continued to violate our patent rights and free ride on our technology. We will steadfastly protect our intellectual property. Patent Claims in Japan: 1. One HSPA patent which relates to a method for deciding amount of power consumption during data transmission 2. Three user interface patents that are essential for displaying information on the screen, specifically UIs for the “in flight mode” indicator (airplane icon); for customizing a Smartphone’s home screen; and for browsing applications categorized in a tree structure (in an apps store). Patent Claims in Australia: 1. Method and apparatus for transmitting/receiving packet data using pre-defined length indicator in a mobile communication system (WCDMA) 2. Method and apparatus for data transmission in a mobile telecommunication system supporting enhanced uplink service (HSPA) 3. Method and apparatus for transmitting and receiving data with high reliability in a mobile communication system supporting packet data transmission (HSPA). - Additional reporting by David Watson

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