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By 5 October 2011 | Categories: news

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Apple recently rejected an offer from Samsung that would have settled their patent dispute in Australia and have paved the way for the Korean company’s latest Galaxy tablet to enter the Australian market in time to cash in on the lucrative holiday shopping season.

Now the Galaxy SII maker is looking for some legal payback, and has revealed that it will be filing court injunctions in France as well as Italy, by which the company is aiming to ban the sale of Apple's newly announced iPhone 4S in those two countries.

These two preliminary injunctions deal with Apple’s alleged infringement of two wireless telecommunications technology patents that Samsung holds, specifically for Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standards for 3G mobile handsets.

"Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology. We believe it is now necessary to take legal action to protect our innovation," Samsung said in a statement.

The Korean tech giant filed the two injunctions today (5 October) and also stated that it is planning similar actions within "other countries after further review.”

In other patent related news, Microsoft recently announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with Samsung Electronics, to cross-license the patent portfolios of both companies. This agreement will provide broad patent coverage for each company’s products.

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