Samsung fights back, looks to ban iPhone 5 in S. Korea

Apple, which has already managed to ban the sale of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Australia and Germany, could find itself dealing with a similar situation. The Korea Times web site says that Samsung is looking to ban the sale of Apple's upcoming iPhone 5 smartphone, claiming that the device is violating Samsung's patents in wireless technology.  The article quotes an unnamed Samsung executive as saying, "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. We will stick to a strong stance against Apple during the lingering legal fights."

The article quotes another unnamed Samsung exec as saying, "We are taking different tactics since we are quite confident. If Samsung wins in Germany that will give us a big breakthrough and so will other envisioned efforts against such products as the iPhone 5." Samsung has already filed a lawsuit against Apple in Australia, claiming that the company violated seven Australian patents that are owned by Samsung. The patents all deal with wireless communications standards.

Apple and Samsung have been fighting for months and in several countries, including the United States, about their various patent disputes. Apple has claimed that Samsung's products, including many of its smartphones and its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets, have copied both the designs and the user interface of Apple's iPhone and iPad products. Ironically, Samsung is actually one of Apple's biggest suppliers of parts for the iPhone device.

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this is pathetic. samsung is falling back on their last line of defense. their home territory. if they lost the patent war in korea, i would expect their top exec to kill themselves. seppuku style. just like the japanese would.

LLTC said,
I hope they both get banned everywhere!
That should put an end to all these patent shenanigans

Apple started this first.

drazgoosh said,
I want Samsung to win. Can you imagine the fuss Apple would make if it's iPhones didn't go on sale in some places.

I don't think apple considers it a big deal to lose s.Koreamfor the world.

It's clear that Apple want's to destroy all competitors. Apple is unable to compete 'fairly', and fuelled by greed & stupidity thinks it will win.

Thing is the general public isn't stupid and most of us don't want to be dictated to by Apple. Apple is now beginning to look stupid and I personally think Apple has lost a lot of credibility.

I hope it all backfires on Apple and it serves them right. I won't buy any of their shiny toys

c3ntury said,
Why don't Samsung refuse to supply Apple with parts until they drop the lawsuits?

Because Samsung will lose a lot of money?

c3ntury said,
Why don't Samsung refuse to supply Apple with parts until they drop the lawsuits?

Samsung makes a ton of money off of the parts they supply to Apple. If they dropped that contract, they would lose substantial amounts of money. And plus they probably have a written contract that they can't suddenly break out of.

The real question is why doesn't Apple put Samsung on the chopping block and find a new supplier? The answer is probably the same, regarding a contract that can't yet be broken.

c3ntury said,
Why don't Samsung refuse to supply Apple with parts until they drop the lawsuits?
Apple and Samsung are both multi-faceted businesses, just because one part has a problem, is no reason to start a war on all fronts.

At the end of the day, Samsung makes more money selling Apple parts, than they would make if Apple's bans were lifted.

This isn't a kid with a ball on the playground, these are companies with serious bottom lines and shareholders. You may want Samsung to "Fight the good fight" but the people working there just want their jobs, and the shareholders just want the profit.


In the long run, Apple and Samsung are probably gonna sign some parent sharing agreement.. All of this is just posturing, trying to get the best deal.

Wow and people think that Apple's lawsuits are vague? "Telecommunications functions" is about a vague as it gets. So Samsung owns the patent to the telephone and satellite com? Right....

At least with Apple's lawsuits, it was revealed as to what patents were being infringed. With this, they've provided nothing which in turn left the door open for 95% of the people that responded above to say meaningless things.

But if it turns out to be legit, then Apple is going have to bend over and take it.

Dessimat0r said,
Samsung is strong in Korea -- I could see this one going through.

Samsung is not just strong in south korea, Samsung almost is South korea....

Farchord said,

Samsung is not just strong in south korea, Samsung almost is South korea....

That's not true, they are only one third of South Korea, the other two thirds belong to LG and Hyundai.

I want Samsung to win this battle with Apple, but this is where it starts getting bad for consumers. Thanks a ton Apple for starting this ban trend.

tsupersonic said,
I want Samsung to win this battle with Apple, but this is where it starts getting bad for consumers. Thanks a ton Apple for starting this ban trend.
Apple wasn't the first to employ this, only only think they are because everything Apple does is front page news.