Samsung has hit back at Apple’s Australian subsidiary in court, today filing preliminary injunction motions against the company with the hopes of pausing the sale of its latest hit the iPhone 4S.
Last week the company lost the initial hearing against Apple, in which Apple alleged Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 was infringing on a number of its patents.
As a result, Samsung says it’s had enough and is turning the tables on Apple.
“Apple has continued to violate our patent rights and free ride on our technology. We will steadfastly protect our intellectual property,” Samsung said in a statement today.
Samsung claims the iPhone 4S infringes on three Australian patents all of which surround the transmission of mobile data on WCDMA and HSPA networks.
“In light of these violations, Samsung believes the sale of such Apple devices should be injuncted,” it continued.
The company also filed an injunction against Apple in Japan in a similar motion to cease the sale of the iPhone 4S.
Samsung has also confirmed it has made an official appeal to the Court’s decision in the Galaxy Tab 10.1 case, which has seen a preliminary injunction imposed on the sale of the device in Australia.
Some analysts also believe that if successful and Samsung’s appeal fails, Apple’s action against Samsung could lead to a drop in the number of devices running Google’s open source Android software made available in Australia for fear of similar action.
Today’s move is believed to be separate to the cross claim action the company took last month, in which it alleges that Apple Australia is infringing on six of its Australian patents (most of which also cover the transfer of mobile data).
“Samsung has a proud history of innovation in the mobile industry. It has invested continuously in R&D, design and technology to produce our innovative and cutting-edge mobile devices,” a spokesperson for the company said at the time.
Apple is yet to comment on Samsung’s latest moves.