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Samsung Plans to File Suit Against Apple in Italy and France to Ban iPhone 4S

The patent infringement war between Samsung and Apple took another crucial turn with the former moving to get the newly unveiled iPhone 4S banned in France and Italy.

According to an article (opens in new tab) on Bloomberg, the South Korean consumer electronics giant announced in an emailed statement that it planned to block the iPhone 4S in France and Italy over alleged patent infringement.

The company said in the email that it plans to file in courts in Milan and Paris to get the device banned for infringing on two patents related to wireless technology. Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S at an event yesterday and plans to start selling the device next month.

“Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology. Samsung believes that Apple’s violation as being too severe and that iPhone 4S should be barred from sales,” Samsung said in a statement.

The company also plans to file for preliminary injunctions on the new Apple device in other countries as well, after a thorough legal review.

Samsung is battling Apple in several countries including Australia, where it might end up abandoning its plans to launch the Galaxy Tab 10.1 if the injunction is not lifted before the Christmas shopping season.