Samsung seeking iPhone 5 ban in Korea – report

19 Sep 2011

Samsung is reportedly looking for an injunction against the iPhone 5 in Korea in the midst of bitter patent disputes with Apple.

The Korea Times reports that Samsung plans to take Apple to court after the release of the iPhone 5, claiming it violated its wireless technology patents.

If the case succeeds, Apple may not be able to sell any of its mobile devices in Korea as long as they use these patents, compromising the availability of the much-anticipated iPhone successor in the country.

Apple and Samsung are embroiled in at least 23 lawsuits around the world. Injunctions have been granted against the Samsung Galaxy range of smartphones in many areas of Europe.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 was recently banned in Germany and the company had to pull the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from the IFA, a major consumer technology event in Berlin.

Samsung has appealed this German ban and has also recently launched a countersuit in Australia against the iPhone and iPad 2.