Samsung Electronics will sue Apple over its release of the iPhone 5 for infringing on its fourth-generation (4G) long-term evolution (LTE) connectivity patents, according to industry sources, Monday.
``Itâ€™s true that Samsung Electronics has decided to take immediate legal action against the Cupertino-based Apple. Countries in Europe and even the United States â€• Appleâ€™s home-turf â€• are our primary targets,â€™â€™ said an industry source.
The Koreaâ€™s tech giantâ€™s move came immediately after industry sources confirmed Monday that the U.S. technology giant will unveil the iPhone 5 featuring 4G LTE in Korea. The sources said that Apple has agreed with local mobile carriers to release the LTE-enabled iPhone on the local market for domestic telecommunications frequencies.
The sources also added itâ€™s unlikely Apple would release the new iPhone using conventional third-generation (3G) networks.
``Apple claimed the existing 3G-related patents are standard essential patents (SEPs) according to our earlier commitment to the FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) terms. But the story is totally different when you talk about LTE patents. These are new and highly-valued,â€™â€™ said another source.
In a similar issue, Taiwanâ€™s HTC, which is also battling with the iPhone maker over patents, won a court battle over LTE, raising the possibility that Samsungâ€™s bet will fully pay off.
The Korean company was ordered by a U.S. jury to pay $1.05 billion in damages for an infringement of Appleâ€™s design patents. The jurors led by a controversial foreman Velvin Hogan simply ignored Samsungâ€™s insistence that Apple used its mobile patents without paying proper royalties.
The Seoul Central District Court ruled Samsung didnâ€™t copy Apple and ordered the latter to stop selling its iPads and iPhones, while the Tokyo Central District Court also favored the Korean technology giant by ruling it didnâ€™t infringe on the U.S. firmâ€™s patents.
The two companies are currently playing out similar fights in a court in Den Hague, the Netherlands and an appeals process in a German court this week.
``SK Telecom and KT will face some difficulty in their marketing strategies for the 4G LTE iPhone because of a fresh legal attack on Apple,â€™â€™ said an industry executive, asking not to be identified.
Apple is being pressured due to Samsungâ€™s rapid rise in the LTE-enabled smartphone market. Samsung recently announced its Galaxy S3 smartphone achieved landmark sales that were a respective three and six times faster than the Galaxy S and Galaxy S2.
The company has sold 20 million Galaxy S3 smartphones, just 100 days after the handset was launched in May.
via: The Korea Times