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Samsung seeks iPhone 4S ban in France, Italy


Apple debuted the iPhone 4S. Now Samsung is seeking to bank it in France and Italy for … you guessed it … patent infringement.

Samsung will file motions with courts in Paris and Milan seeking the ban, each citing two patent infringements on wireless telecommunications technology, the company said in an e-mailed statement today — as reported by “Bloomberg Businessweek” ( Last month Samsung filed four lawsuits against Apple in the Netherlands.

Samsung is claiming the iPhone and iPad that use 3G technology infringe Samsung patents. Meanwhile, Apple in September said in a Hague court hearing that Samsung is holding them “hostage” by asking for 2.4% on each 3G chip used in the iPad and iPhone. Samsung is deliberately misusing both the royalty rate and the responsibility for its payment to try and oppose its lawsuit, says Apple.

— Dennis Sellers

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