Samsung vs. iPhone 4S launch (Update)

Samsung to request preliminary injunction orders against Apple iPhone 4S

Samsung Electronics will file separate preliminary injunction motions in Paris, France and Milano, Italy on October 5 local time requesting the courts block the sale of Apple’s iPhone 4S in the respective markets.

Samsung’s preliminary injunction requests in France and Italy will each cite two patent infringements related to wireless telecommunications technology, specifically Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standards for 3G mobile handsets.

Samsung also plans to file preliminary injunctions in other countries after further review. Oh boy.

Florian Mueller adds

Verizon and T-Mobile filed amicus curiae (“friend-of-the-court”) briefs in support of Samsung in California, claiming that an injunction against certain Samsung products would run counter to the public interest, and the court accepted them (though it’s another question whether it will agree with their content). Why aren’t those carriers, whose business fundamentally depends on the undisrupted functioning of industry standards, up in arms when Samsung uses communications standards patents against Apple?