• Sars Wars returns

    Allan Greenblo looks at the leadership concerns around the 'Twin Peaks' regulatory model.

  • Inside Labour

    When unions later this year start to demand double digit pay rises, don't be surprised, says Terry Bell.

  • Anti-nuclear group

    ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe rebukes those who feel SA can't afford nuclear power.

All data is delayed
Loading...
See More

iPhone 5 to be added to patent war

Sep 21 2012 07:57
AFP

Seoul - Samsung Electronics said on Friday it was considering adding Apple's new iPhone 5 to a patent infringement case as part of a long-running global legal battle between the rival smartphone giants.

Samsung officials said the company would look into amending its side of an ongoing patent lawsuit in a US court to include the latest Apple gadget, which went on sale across Asia on Friday and is due to hit US stores later in the day.

"Our company considers adding Apple's iPhone 5 to the (patent infringement) case... but we cannot say when," a Samsung spokesperson said.

"Our decision will be made after our company has analysed the iPhone 5 to see what aspects of its device constitutes patent infringement."

South Korea's Yonhap news agency quoted market watchers as saying Samsung may use its long-term evolution (LTE) patent portfolio to attack the iPhone 5 - the first Apple phone to use the fourth-generation telecom network.

Samsung and Apple - respectively the world's number one and two smartphone makers - have been at loggerheads over dozens of patent lawsuits in 10 nations, accusing each other of copying technologies and designs.

Last month, a California court ordered Samsung to pay $1.05bn for patent infringement. The South Korean firm has appealed the decision.

Samsung, in a statement late on Thursday, accused Apple of continuing to take "aggressive legal measures that will limit market competition".


*Follow Fin24 on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.



samsung  |  apple  |  iphone 5

 
 
 

Read Fin24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
4 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
 

Company Snapshot

We're talking about:

SMALL BUSINESS

Marketing is a big concern in SA's small business community, followed by a lack of confidence and partnering with the wrong people, according to a survey.
 

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...

Voting Booth

The regulation of WhatsApp and other OTTs is:

Previous results · Suggest a vote

Loading...