Samsung is seeking an injunction to ban sales of the iPhone 4S in two of the world’s largest markets, in the latest escalation of hostilities between the phone-makers.
The South Korean tech giant has filed for embargoes on the fifth generation Apple smartphone in Japan and Australia on the grounds that it infringes Samsung patents.
The Japanese filing in the Tokyo District Court, which relates to Apple's device's user interface, also names the iPhone 4 and iPad 2. The Australian action concerns wireless communication patents owned by Samsung.
News of a further legal action comes after Samsung initiated preliminary steps towards a ban on the iPhone 4S in Italy and France a matter of hours after it had gone on sale.
Acrimony first flared between the two companies back in April when Apple alleged that Samsung had “slavishly copied” the iPhone and iPad for the Samsung Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets.
Since then, 20 cases involving the rivals have been launched around the world, through which Apple has succeeded in getting the Galaxy Tab 10.1 withdrawn from store shelves in Australia, Holland and Germany.
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