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Samsung seeks iPhone sales ban in Japan, Australia
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Seoul (AFP) Oct 17, 2011

South Korea's Samsung Electronics said Monday it was trying to block the sale of Apple's newest iPhone in Japan and Australia, escalating a legal battle with the US company after several setbacks.

Samsung said in a statement it had filed for preliminary injunctions in courts in Tokyo and the state of New South Wales, seeking a ban on sales of the new iPhone 4S on the grounds it infringed upon Samsung's technology patents.

The Korean firm said it was also seeking a sales ban on the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 in Japan, after Apple won a temporary ban on sales of Samsung's Galaxy 10.1 tablet in Australia.

"Apple has continued to violate our patent rights and free-ride on our technology. We will no longer stand idly by and will steadfastly protect our intellectual property," Samsung said.

The filing in Japan cites infringement of technology patents, Samsung said, accusing Apple of also violating in Australia three of its wireless technologies essential for operating mobile phones.

In a separate filing, the Korean firm also appealed against an Australian court's interim order Friday to suspend sales of its Galaxy 10.1 tablet at the request of Apple, which claims a breach of touchscreen technology patents.

Samsung, the world's number two mobile phone maker after Nokia, and Apple have been embroiled in a series of patent suits accusing each other of copying designs and technology for their smartphones and tablets.

The legal battle over the $100 billion market began in April in the United States when Apple accused Samsung of "slavishly" copying its market-leading iPhone and iPad.

Apple has since sought a ban on sales of Samsung's Galaxy S smartphones and Galaxy Tab in Germany, Australia and other countries, prompting Samsung to file counter-suits.

In the latest ruling, a Dutch court on Friday rejected a bid by Samsung to ban sales of Apple's 3G phones and tablet devices there due to alleged patent infringements of wireless technologies.

Samsung is also seeking to block sales of the iPhone 4S in Italy and France in separate suits. The new model went on sale in many markets last week.

The Korean firm is pressing Apple hard in the lucrative smartphone business.

Apple shipped 20.3 million smartphones worldwide in the second quarter of this year compared to Samsung's 19.6 million.

Analysts say Samsung may have passed Apple in the third quarter thanks to its flagship Galaxy SII model unveiled in April.

The company said the Galaxy series had achieved a combined total of 30 million global sales since the launch of the original Galaxy S last year.

It said the SII accounted for more than 10 million of the total after selling faster than any other device in the company's history.

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Apple says iPhone 4s sales over 4 mn in three days
New York (AFP) Oct 17, 2011 - Apple said Monday that it had sold more than four million new iPhone 4s models in their first three days on the market.

Sales took off as the greatly upgraded version of the iPhone 4 was released to the market on Friday in seven countries: the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and Britain.

Apple said more than 25 million customers have adopted its brand new mobile operating system -- included in the 4s -- called iOS5, and that 20 million have signed up to use its iCloud cloud computing, or online data storage, system.

The 4S was launched on October 4, one day before visionary Apple co-founder and longtime Steve Jobs died following a long battle with cancer. His health failing, Jobs had stepped down as chief executive in August and was replaced by Tim Cook, who presided over the launch of the new iPhone.

It will be available in 22 other countries, including much of Europe, by the end of October, and more than 70 countries by the end of 2011, Apple said.


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Apple fails to widen Australia Samsung ban
Sydney (AFP) Oct 14, 2011
A court Friday turned down Apple's bid to have Samsung give it advance warning of any new product launches in Australia until its patent infringement case against the Korean firm goes to a full hearing. The ruling comes after the US technology giant on Thursday won a temporary ban on Samsung selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, the latest victory in its global battle over patents relate ... read more

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