Samsung vs. Apple Legal Battle Rages On

The latest instalment of the continually escalating legal battle between Apple and Samsung has seen the Korean technology giant move for a ban on sales of the iPhone 4S in Australia and Japan.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung has filed for a preliminary injunction in the Tokyo District Court and New South Wales Registry in a bid to prevent the sale of the new iPhone, as well as the iPhone 4 and iPad 2, in those countries.

Samsung’s filing to the Japanese court alleges that Apple have infringed technology and user interface patents whilst the complaint made in Australia cites patents related to wireless communication technologies.

This latest legal manoeuvring comes in light of an Australian court’s decision to uphold Apple’s complaint regarding intellectual property infringements and preventing the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in that territory.

Last week a judge in the US also ruled that Samsung’s tablets infringed upon patents owned by Apple. Apple must now prove the validity of their patents to win an injunction preventing Samsung from selling their Galaxy Tab.

It seems that Apple have the upper hand in the war of late, with Germany also banning the sale of the Galaxy tablet, and Samsung’s attempted injunction to prevent sales of Apple products in the Netherlands being rejected by a Dutch court recently.

The battle between the two tech giants started back in April, with Apple suing Samsung for infringing their intellectual property, primarily based around the design, user interface and even the packaging of Samsung’s Android-powered Galaxy range of phones and tablets.

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