Italian court denies Samsung's bid for iPhone 4S sales ban

Summary:Samsung has lost its court battle for a sales injunction on Apple's iPhone 4S in Italy. But Apple is not entirely out of the woods yet, with many other cases pending.

A court in Milan has rejected Samsung's request for a preliminary sales injunction against Apple's latest smartphone in Italy.

Samsung brought the case in October last year, where the court decided it would seek at least one more hearing before a decision was made, according to FOSS Patents author Florian Mueller.

The patents under dispute relate to wireless WCDMA communications. Samsung turned to the courts again for a sales injunction after it had previously tried to block the sale of the iPhone 4S, within days of Apple announcing the device.

This comes almost a month since a French court rejected Samsung's bid to ban the sale of the iPhone 4S in the country.

The two companies have been locked in a fierce battle over intellectual property and patents, spreading to over 20 cases in 10 different jurisdictions, with no end in sight.

Apple had mostly prevailed in its own suits to which it sought sales injunctions against Samsung's products. But the Korean giant won a rare victory in Australia, after a sales injunction was lifted in the region in November.

However, Samsung has now failed in all of its attempts to impose sales injunctions through legal action in both France and the Netherlands, and now Italy.

But as Mueller notes, Apple is only "slightly more successful" in its requests for injunctions. Should the courts in Germany, Australia and the Netherlands find that the relevant injunctions should not have been imposed in the first place, Apple would be liable for significant damages.

Image source: Apple.

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Topics: iPhone, Enterprise Software, Mobility

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