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The patent battle between Samsung and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is far from over, with the Korean company threatening to sue the iPhone maker if its next-generation smartphone, rumored to be releasing today, uses LTE technology.
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According to a report in The Korea Times, Samsung says it will “immediately sue Apple” and block airways if the iPhone 5 is LTE-compatible. The faster wireless network is available on a lot of newer Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android devices, including those of Samsung’s, but current iterations of Apple’s iPhone don’t have the technology. According to Reuters data cited by The Korea Times, Samsung has the third-highest number of LTE patents, with Nokia (NYSE:NOK) topping the list. The feature is considered a big positive for Android phones over other platforms at the moment.
“It’s true that Samsung Electronics has decided to take immediate legal action against the Cupertino-based Apple,” a senior Samsung executive told the newspaper. “Countries in Europe and even the United States ― Apple’s home-turf ― are our primary targets.’’
While Apple has not publicly spoken of adding the feature, analyst and supply sources suggest the company is using a new Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) LTE-enabled chip in the new device.
Last month, Apple won more than $1 billion in damages against Samsung after suing its rival over design and feature patents in a California court. It is also seeking a ban on eight Samsung products: Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S2 AT&T, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S2 T-Mobile, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge and Galaxy Prevail.
While Samsung countersued for $422 million, alleging Apple was violating its wireless patents, a nine-person federal jury ruled in favor of the iPhone maker.
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