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Samsung to go ahead with US launch of Galaxy S3

The US launch of its flagship Galaxy S3 smartphone will go ahead as planned, Samsung has said. Despite Apple's efforts to thwart the introduction of the handset into the American market with yet another patent infringement case, the Galaxy S3 will be available for sale as of 21 June.

Apple has asked a court to ban the import and sale of the device in the US on the grounds that the S3 infringes on at least two, and possibly more, of the four patents it originally accused the Galaxy Nexus of violating.

"Samsung believes Apple's request is without merit. We will vigorously oppose the request," the South Korean firm responded in a statement.

"We would also like to assure consumers that the US launch and sales of the Galaxy S III [S3] will proceed as planned," the company added.

In its complaint, Apple acknowledged the incredible popularity of the S3. "The Galaxy S3 will... irreparably harm Apple for the same reasons as the Galaxy Nexus, but on a much greater scale," wrote Apple's counsel.

Sales figures for the Galaxy S3, which was launched in nearly 30 countries at the end of May, have not yet been published. But the device managed to rack up an astounding nine million pre-orders ahead of its release.

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