We all know that Apple has been all over Samsung’s case over the past few months, requesting for preliminary injunctions to block sales of Samsung’s devices in countries all over the world. In retribution, Samsung has been doing the same thing as well, albeit with less success. The Korean electronics manufacturer has recently announced that it is attempting to get sales of the iPhone 4S banned in two more countries: Japan and Australia.
The company recently filed preliminary injunction motions in the Tokyo District Court, Japan and the New South Wales Registry, Australia requesting the courts to immediately stop the sale of the iPhone 4S in the respective countries. According to Samsung, the iPhone 4S infringes on four of their patents in Japan, and three patents in Australia.
Here are the alleged patent infringements according to Samsung:
Patent Claims in Japan:
1) One HSPA patent which relates to a method for deciding amount of power consumption during data transmission
2) Three user interface patents that are essential for displaying information on the screen, specifically UIs for the “in flight mode” indicator (airplane icon); for customizing a smartphone’s home screen; and for browsing applications categorized in a tree structure (in an apps store).
Patent Claims in Australia:
1) Method and apparatus for transmitting/receiving packet data using pre-defined length indicator in a mobile communication system (WCDMA)
2) Method and apparatus for data transmission in a mobile telecommunication system supporting enhanced uplink service (HSPA)
3) Method and apparatus for transmitting and receiving data with high reliability in a mobile communication system supporting packet data transmission (HSPA)
No word on how this scuffle will turn out, but it would be pretty amusing if devices from Samsung and Apple end up getting banned in both countries.