Samsung seeks to ban iPhone 4S sales in France, Italy

In another round of their long-term legal battles, Samsung has indicated it will try to prevent Apple from selling its just-announced iPhone 4S in France and Italy.

In a blog post, SamsungApple white iPhone 4S said it will file two preliminary injunction motions today in Paris and Milan requesting the courts block sales of Apple’s new phone, scheduled to begin shipping Oct. 14.

“Samsung’s preliminary injunction requests in France and Italy will each cite two patent infringements related to wireless telecommunications technology, specifically Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standards for 3G mobile handsets,” the company wrote. “The infringed technology is essential to the reliable functioning of telecom networks and devices and Samsung believes that Apple’s violation as being too severe and that the iPhone 4S should be barred from sales.”

Samsung said Apple has “continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology.”

In the past, Apple has argued the patents are essential to basic 3G wireless technology operation and are subject to be licensed under reasonable terms. Apple feels Samsung has not offered reasonable terms and the companies have not reached a licensing agreement.

In related news, Apple denied a proposed deal from Samsung that would have allowed Samsung to sell its Galaxy 10.1 tablet computer in Australia. Apple says the tablet is copycat of its iPad and was successful in preventing Samsung from selling it in Germany; several other court cases are ongoing in other locations.

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