Apple wants U.S. to be a world free of Galaxy 3Apple sought to block sales of Samsung Electronics’s latest Galaxy smartphones in the U.S., deepening their worldwide patent dispute and raising pressure on the maker of the biggest iPhone competitor.
Apple asked a federal judge in San Jose, California, to include the Galaxy S3 in its request to block sales of Samsung products in the U.S., according to a Tuesday filing by the California-based company. The Samsung phone is due to go on sale in the U.S. this month. It was released in the U.K. in May.
The filing reflects the failure of court-ordered talks between Apple CEO Tim Cook and his Samsung counterpart Choi Gee-sung last month. The world’s two biggest makers of high-end phones have accused each other of copying designs and technology for mobile devices and are fighting patent battles in four continents to retain their dominance in the $219 billion global smartphone market.
“I don’t think Apple will succeed,” James Song, a Seoul-based analyst at Daewoo Securities, said by phone. “Smartphones aren’t uniquely Apple’s products any more. It won’t be easy to find convincing reasons to block sales.”
Apple’s request is without merit and Samsung will start selling the Galaxy S3 in the U.S as planned, Samsung said in a statement yesterday. It is set to release the model in the U.S. through five carriers, Chris Chung, a spokesman for the company, said by phone, declining to say when sales were scheduled to begin.
Samsung released the Galaxy S3 in the U.K. on May 29 and U.S. carriers have announced they will start selling the smartphone in the U.S. on June 21, Apple said in the filing, saying it obtained the product in the U.K.
Apple “determined that this device clearly infringes at least two of the Apple patents at issue” for “the exact same reasons” it infringes earlier versions of the smartphone, the iPhone maker said.
Samsung last month began marketing the Galaxy S3 in London, with such features as voice-command options and an eye sensor that prevents the screen from dimming.
The Galaxy products helped Samsung regain the lead in the global smartphone market from Apple in the first quarter. Bloomberg
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