Samsung plans patent infringement ban on unannounced iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 hasn't even been officially introduced yet, and Samsung's pulling out its guns — patent guns, to be precise. The Korean electronics giant that Apple has been suing hard as of late plans to fight fire with fire and aims to ban sales of the soon-to-be iPhone 5 shortly after it launches in South Korea.

The Korea Times reports that Samsung will be suing Apple and its iPhone 5 over "wireless technology related patents" and that "For as long as Apple does not drop mobile telecommunications functions, it would be impossible for it to sell its i-branded products without using our patents. [Samsung] will stick to a strong stance against Apple during the lingering legal fights.''

Specifically what the wireless patents relate to is unknown. It could be NFC, it could be that rumored wireless charging, or maybe over the air software updates. Samsung's holding those cards close to its chest in order to threaten the iPhone 5's stake in South Korea.

Samsung's new offensive plan comes right off news that Apple successfully banned its Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet in Germany and forced it to pull the Galaxy Tab 7.7 off IFA show floors.

As far as I can tell, you might as well take your shoes off, grab a drink and some snacks, because this patent infringement war is going to be a long one.

KoreaTimes, via TheRegister

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