Apple could face a battle to keep the iPhone 5 on store shelves across Europe, amid speculation that Samsung is planning legal action to get the forthcoming handset pulled from sale.
This week reports surfaced citing an unnamed insider claiming that Sammy is mulling launching a lawsuit in its domestic market of South Korea on the grounds that Apple has infringed its wireless technology patents.
Today, an item in the Financial Times suggests that the scope of the embargo could be a lot wider.
According to “a person close to the company”, Samsung had yet to decide which territories in which it will challenge Apple – suggesting that Europe might be on its radar.
The news appears to mark a further escalation of hostilities between the formerly friendly gadget-makers.
Earlier this year, Apple played hardball in European courts with a lawsuit that alleged Samsung had “slavishly copied” iDevices for Galaxy-branded phones and tablets.
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