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Samsung Seeking Ban of iPhone 4S in Europe 331

First time accepted submitter KingofSpades writes "Samsung has announced that they will try to stop the sale of Apple Inc.'s iPhone 4S in France and Italy. Samsung believes that Apple is 'severely violating' some of their patents. From the article: 'Samsung will file motions with courts in Paris and Milan seeking the ban, each citing two patent infringements on wireless telecommunications technology, the Suwon, South Korea- based company said in an e-mailed statement yesterday. Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S in Cupertino, California this week and aims to start sales later this month.'"
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Samsung Seeking Ban of iPhone 4S in Europe

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  • Round 3 (Score:2, Funny)

    by Moheeheeko ( 1682914 )
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      Needs a "popcorn" tag!

      Stuff like this keeps Slashdot in business... Way better than discussing the betterment of humanity with Ipen Sources.

      • by Calydor ( 739835 )

        I see what you did there, Apple shill. ;-)

        • by Moryath ( 553296 )


          If Apple really wants, they'll just order so many fucking iphones and iPads from the screen providers in Taiwan and Korea that Samsung will never see another of their phones or Galaxy tablets made for a couple years. Either Samsung will cave, or they'll die.

          Don't think it's for real? Look at the delays on the last generation of Android tablets - square on the manufacturers who kept delaying screen runs in order to keep Apple orders going instead.

          • Re:Round 3 (Score:5, Informative)

            by Amtrak ( 2430376 ) on Wednesday October 05, 2011 @04:08PM (#37616840)
            Ummm..... you sure about that?

            LG Display (Korean: LG , KRX: 034220) is the world's largest LCD panel maker,[1] ahead of Samsung Electronics in a slender lead. Currently, the two South Korean companies together exceed 50% of the global LCD panel marketLG_Display [Wikipedia] []

            Doesn't that mean that Samsung is the second largest manufacturer of said panels? If that is the case doesn't that mean that Samsung will just stop taking orders from Apple if it cuts into their own business? Think about it.

          • Re:Round 3 (Score:4, Insightful)

            by spire3661 ( 1038968 ) on Wednesday October 05, 2011 @04:26PM (#37617040) Journal
            Samsung is a fabrication TITAN. Please stop talking about that which you know nothing.
          • Um, Apple's screen provider IS Samsung. I'd find it unlikely that Samsung isn't capable of making sure their own devices are still being assembled.

  • by sconeu ( 64226 ) on Wednesday October 05, 2011 @02:49PM (#37615696) Homepage Journal

    "Let the Battle Begin!"

    • I think it's

      Chairman: "So now America, with an open heart and an empty stomach, I say unto you in the words of my uncle:

      <OVERDRAMATIC> Allez cuisine!" </OVERDRAMATIC>

      Alton Brown: "Let the Battle Begin!"

  • Is this some kind of strategy Samsung and Apple help each other to get more attention and more profit?
  • any plans to ban it germany, file a motion in berlin? these patent wars are getting stupid - why not just share the knowledge and build an awesome product instead of all this crazy fighting over who has the biggest penis.

    • It's not over penis size, it's all about profits. If you can't sell your product, I pickup your customers, you make 0 dollars. Far more serious.
  • Unlike the "look and feel" patents Apple is blocking the new Samsung Galaxy Tab over, this is actual real patent. On a side note, patent system still broken.
    • by blair1q ( 305137 )

      Having to enforce your patent is not "patent system still broken".

      It will only be broken if Samsung's patent enforcement is not upheld after Apple's was.

  • Apple is bad.

    iPhone is good.

    Apple != iPhone

    • For varying definitions of good. I doubt people who are more concerned about software freedom would agree here. Neither would people who prefer open platforms. And alternatives that provide more of both aren't exactly behind in technical quality.

      The iPhone might be good, but for some of us, there's better.

    • If the iPhone was that good, Apple would be able to compete on quality; instead of having to rely on bogus IP lawsuits.

      • If Galaxy Tabs were so good, Samsung wouldn't feel compelled to copy the icons, the power adapters, the box, the case, the dock connector...

        I'd feel a little better if it wasn't so obvious [], but they're plainly just trying to confuse people, to the extent that the Galaxy Tab probably would pass as some sort of grad student experiment in culture jamming.

    • The iPhone is shiny, but Android phones are shiny and don't involve giving money to Apple.

      • The iPhone is shiny, but Android phones are shiny and don't involve giving money to Apple.

        No, they involve giving money to Microsoft.

        • Look, the broken patent system isn't being shut down in our lifetimes. I have a choice to buy from the company that shuts down competitors with patents or the company that bills competitors with patents. Guess who I'm going with.

    • The iPhone locks you into Apple and only Apple... iTunes to do anything with your device, expensive proprietary cables, random removal of applications that don't meet their nebulous "standards"... not seeing how your inequivalence is valid.

      • This has been true of cell phones for quite some time. Before smart phones, you had to use proprietary platforms for the most part. Even some android phones have non-standard cables today. Also, you can use iTunes in Windows. I get pissed off at Apple sometimes too, but you can't say they are the only ones pulling bullshit, anti-consumer tactics. Hell, the entire cell industry is significantly more anti-consumer than it should be.
  • For years these companies have just been accumulating patents and preparing for this. Once products actually start being banned from markets, average people will see how silly and unproductive the whole patent thing is. Then maybe we can get some real reform.

  • The same Slashdotters who are worried about patents in the H.264 standard someday possibly being used to sue someone are now excited when patents around technology core to 3G are being exploited. Hypocrisy.

  • .... Wonder where they will be located on the phone??
    Now which ever way you hold it you'll probably be covering an antenna limiting it's effectiveness without an approved apple rubber ring slapped on it...

    Oh and since US mobile networks are basically over subscribed, You'll probably never have both functioning at the same speed on a network, So you'll end up with exactly the same speed as an iPhone4, while Sprint charge you twice the price for the privilege...

    • by ceoyoyo ( 59147 )

      You'd never be using both antennas at the same time. The idea is that it's a world phone so if you ever leave your country (admittedly not as much of a problem for many Americans) your phone will still work. For you stay at home types, if you get fed up with AT&T you can switch to Verizon without getting a new phone.

      • From what I read the iPhone *would* use both at the same time to give upto 2X the bandwidth. (one transmitting and other receiving at the same time.)

  • I thought it said Samsung seeks to ban iPhone 45 in europe (thats forty-five, the same caliber as the gun that Colt tamed the west with.and I wondered if Apple were doing a 'firefox version inflation thing'

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