Samsung threatens to sue Apple over LTE technology

Macworld Australia Staff
31 August, 2012
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Samsung is ready to fight back against Apple after the recent infringement trial verdict went against the South Korean company, with the company stating it’s ready to defend LTE patents, appeal last week’s jury decision and redesign its products to avoid future design litigation.

Samsung confirmed in a Korea Times report, that it will sue Apple over LTE mobile technology, if the Cupertino-based company releases future products – including the iPhone 5 – using the technology.

According to data from Thomson-Reuters Samsung Electronic owns a 12.2 percent share of the LTE patents, however Apple’s third-generation iPad, launched in March, already utilises licensed LTE technology.

The Korea Times reports that Samsung is also in talks with American mobile carriers and Microsoft in an effort to modify its smartphone designs to escape Apple litigation and a possible move away from Google’s Android mobile operating system.

“Samsung has been in talks with major US carriers to jointly develop modified design technology. This will be effective, though we can’t unveil more details for the time being,” an official from the company’s telecommunications division told the Korea Times.

Apple will seek a permanent injunction against eight infringing Samsung smartphones and tablets in the US on December 6, after Apple was awarded over US$1b in damages from Samsung in a Californian court Saturday morning.

Apple’s requested injunction would cover the Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S2 AT&T, Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy S2 T-Mobile, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Galaxy Prevail and Droid Charge.


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