Samsung in bid to block iPhone sales

SAMSUNG is suing Apple to stop sales of the iPhone 4S in Australia, just days after the device went on sale around the world.

It filed a suit seeking a ban on sales of the iPhone 4S in the Federal Court's NSW Registry yesterday and separately lodged an appeal against last week's decision by the court to temporarily ban sales of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.

Suits against the iPhone 4S had already been launched in Italy and France but yesterday Samsung filed preliminary injunction motions in Tokyo and Australia. A similar case in the Netherlands was dismissed on Friday.

It is unclear why Samsung did not file its suit before the device went on sale. Telstra alone has sold tens of thousands of iPhone 4S units in the opening three days - ''our highest-selling iPhone launch to date'', said the director of devices at Telstra, Andrew Volard.

A senior patent lawyer, Mark Summerfield from Watermark in Melbourne, said he believed the delay in filing the suit would make it much harder for Samsung to make a case, adding he believed any resolution would most likely concern the payment of royalties.

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