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iPhone 4S could face sales embargo, as Samsung gets serious

iPhone 4S could face sales embargo, as Samsung gets serious

Samsung will seek a sales ban on Apple’s iPhone 4S over what it claims are patent infringements, as relations between the two tech giants take a further turn for the worse.

Apple and Samsung have been at loggerheads since April, after the Cupertino-based company filed complaints that Sammy’s Galaxy-branded slates and smartphones “slavishly copied” the iPhone and iPad.

In turn, Samsung has issued counterclaims in a range of territories across the globe. According to Reuters, this has seen 20 cases raised involving the two companies this year.

In the latest escalation of hostilities, Samsung is now set to file patent infringement claims against the iPhone 4S, which was revealed just yesterday, in France and Germany.

It is also planning to pursue bans in other unspecified countries that could see the iPhone 4S removed from store shelves a matter of weeks after it has gone on sale.

Samsung stated: "Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free-ride on our technology.

"We will steadfastly protect our intellectual property."

News of developments comes after the iPhone 4S garnered a mixed reception from tech watchers, many of whom had expected a more substantial update this time around.

The muted response to the handset is likely the cause of a slide in Apple’s share price by up to five per cent in the immediate aftermath of yesterday’s press call, before a late rally saw them close 0.6 per cent down.

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