If you have been keeping yourself informed about the world of tech these past few months, then you'll know that two giant tech companies both have themselves entangled in a rather vicious legal battle which have been going on for months. The company in question of course, are Apple and Samsung which have been suing each other for alleged copyright infringement. Now for the latest development of things, an Italian judge refused to grant Samsung's request to ban the sale of the iPhone 4S in Italy.
Previously, in an effort to get back to all the suing that they have been getting from Apple, Samsung decided to fight back by making a motion to ban the sale of the iPhone 4S in various countries which includes Italy. This is the grounds that Apple has been allegedly violating Samsung's intellectual property rights by using the latter's wireless communications technology or Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standards for 3G mobile handsets.
"The infringed technology is essential to the reliable functioning of telecom networks and devices and Samsung believes that Apple's violation as being too severe and that the iPhone 4S should be barred from sales."
According to Samsung, the iPhone 4S has breached two patents that belongs to the South Korean company and that it should be banned from going on sale which is happening next week. But the Milan judges who have been handling the request turned down Samsung. But it is not over yet because the judges have agreed that both Apple and Samsung should submit further evidence. Following the development of this case, Apple is now gearing up for the iPhone 4S's commercial release in Italy.
This patent battle in Italy is just part of a multinational case that Samsung have been pushing against Apple. It all started back in April when Apple sued Samsung on grounds of patent violation claiming that the South Korean company's Galaxy S range of devices have copied the look and feel of the iPhone and iPad. Ever since then, this legal battle has extended its reach among two dozen countries. Just recently, Apple have succeeded to ban the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia and Germany. Meanwhile, Samsung is still looking to ban the sale of the iPhone 4S in other countries such as Japan and Australia. [via PCMag]