Samsung now looking to block iPhone 4S sales in Japan, Australia

17 Oct 2011

Samsung is now seeking to block the sale of the iPhone 4S in Japan and Australia as its bitter patent dispute with Apple continues.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung filed a preliminary injunction in both the Tokyo District Court in Japan and in the New South Wales Registry in Australia to try and prevent the iPhone 4S from being sold in these regions. It also asked the Tokyo District Court to ban the sale of the iPhone 4 and the iPad 2.

The filing in Japan relates to infringements on technology and UI patents. In Australia, Samsung claims that Apple has infringed its wireless communications patents.

Apple and Samsung are engaged in numerous lawsuits around the world over smartphone and tablet patents.

Samsung is already seeking a preliminary injunction against the iPhone 4S in France, Italy and Korea.

Australia has temporarily banned the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the country. Its range of Galaxy smartphones has been banned in The Netherlands.