Samsung Asks Japan Court To Block Sale Of iPhone 4S

SEOUL, Oct. 17 (Kyodo) — Samsung Electronics Co. said Friday it has asked courts in Japan and Australia to block the sale of the Apple iPhone 4S in the two countries, alleging patent infringements related to wireless telecommunications technology.

In its preliminary injunction motion filed in the Tokyo District Court, Samsung is also seeking an immediate barring of the sale of the iPhone 4S and iPad 2, according to a company statement.

The statement cites infringements on a High Speed Packet Access standard-related patent and three user interface patents "which seriously violate Samsung's intellectual property."

Samsung's preliminary injunction request filed in Australia at the Federal Court's New South Wales Registry cites "three patent infringements related to wireless telecommunications standards, specifically Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) and HSPA."

"In light of these violations, Samsung believes the sale of such Apple devices should be banned," the statement said.

Samsung accused Apple of having continued to violate its rights and free ride on its technology.

"We will no longer stand idly by and will steadfastly protect our intellectual property," it said.