Samsung vows to cease iPhone 5 sales in Korea

News Ben Griffin 16:02, 19 Sep 2011

Samsung is taking the fight to Apple on home soil, as a senior executive has said the company will be defending its wireless technology-related patents

The next chapter of the Samsung versus Apple saga has been revealed. A senior executive for the firm has said it will be taking legal action against the iPhone 5 as soon as it launches.

The unnamed source, who made his comments in the Korea Times, said: 'Just after the arrival of the iPhone 5 here, Samsung plans to take Apple to court here [in Korea] for its violation of Samsung’s wireless technology related patents.'

These patents aren't just based on aesthetics - from what we gather, they are a lot more severe. So severe, in fact, that Samsung believes it could do what Apple did to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany and have sales of the iPhone 5 banned from Korea so long as the patents are infringed upon.

'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 source said.

As TechCrunch rightfully points out, the iPhone 5 would need to be more akin to the iPod Touch to avoid legal litigation, which is about as likely to happen as growing a third arm.

Thus the stage is set for what will undoubtedly be the most heated battle yet, and one that Samsung believes could be won.

Another unnamed senior executive told the Korea Times: '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.'

Should Samsung win, this will be a serious kick for not just Apple, but eager iOS-loving Koreans and the networks hoping to stock the device.

Can't the two just kiss and make up? It's not as if they don't already share technologies.

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