Unmoved by Samsung’s threats to sue, Apple goes through with releasing it’s LTE-enabled iPhone 5. Apple may have won the bout against Samsung, but the war is far from over. Samsung and HTC may seek to block the sale of the iPhone 5 in the US an EU.
Samsung and various other Android OEMs aren’t about to let the iPhone 5 hit the market unscathed. The iPhone 5 will be using the LTE radio standard for high-speed data transfer, which is based on hundreds of patents that are held by Samsung, HTC, and various other OEMs. Apple itself owns a few hundred LTE-related patents itself, but all it takes is for one infringing patent to bring it all down.
According to an industry source “It’s true that Samsung Electronics has decided to take immediate legal action against the Cupertino-based Apple. Countries in Europe and even the United States ― Apple’s home-turf ― are our primary targets,”.
HTC has already drawn first blood when US International Trade Comission Judge Thomas Pender sided with them when Apple tried to invalidate two of HTC’s own LTE patents. “Clear and convincing means something to me, I have to be pretty darn certain a U.S. patent is invalid.” said Pender.
Whatever may happen in the following weeks, the new iPhone 5 will be in for a rocky ride.
Source: Android and Me