Less than 24 hours after Apple introduced the new iPhone 4S, Samsung has announced that they plan to file injunctions in Italy and France in hopes of blocking sales of the new iPhone in those countries. Samsung claims that the new iPhone 4S infringes on two of its wireless communications patents that focus on Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) 3G technologies.
We’re not sure how this situation is going to play out, but Samsung is poised to cause some serious disruption to Apple’s global launch of the iPhone 4S. The European courts have always been strict about blocking sales of products that may be infringing on patents, even before final ruling of the case has been delivered.
While we wish all these patent disputes would simply go away, it does feel good to see an Android manufacturer go toe-to-toe with Apple, letting them know they’re willing to wage war on multiple fronts. Do you think Samsung’s patents are enough to keep the iPhone 4S out of certain countries? Or is Apple’s market dominance too imposing for one manufacturer to take on by itself?