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 Samsung May Seek To Ban Sales Of New iPhone
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Message Text: Samsung will reportedly move against Apple again accusing the U.S. company for infringing on Samsung's fourth-generation (4G) long-term evolution (LTE) connectivity patents.

The S. Korean company will reportedly seek to ban sales of the iPhone 5 phone, which is expected to offer 4G compatibility.

According to unnamed an source, Samsung Electronics has decided to take immediate legal action against the Cupertino-based Apple, The Korean Times reported on Monday.

The Korea's tech giant'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.

Samsung had brought a suit against Apple over 3G UMTS wireless patents in the past with no success. Apple had prevailed in cases involving 3G patents because several courts concluded Apple had a license for those patents for its iPhone 4S, as a customer of chip supplier Qualcomm. So if the iPhone 5 also have a Qualcomm baseband chipset could help the Cupertino-based company defend itself.

Taiwan's HTC has already won a court battle against Apple over LTE, raising the possibility that Samsung?s bet will fully pay off.

A few weeks ago Samsung was ordered by a U.S. jury to pay $1.05 billion in damages for an infringement of Apple's design patents.

The Seoul Central District Court ruled Samsung didn'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 didn't infringe on the U.S. firm's patents.

Scheduled for official release later today , the new iPhone is widely expected to offer 4G wireless technology, and a 4-inch display. It is also expected to improve on the search capabilities of its Siri voice assistant and will use Apple's own mobile mapping service instead of Google's software. Other additions include turn-by-turn voice directions for navigation, and a new in-house app called "Passbook" that organizes a user's electronic airline tickets, movie tickets and restaurant loyalty cards. The new iPhone will also reportedly come with a 19-pin connector port, instead of the proprietary 30-pin port.
 
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