That's the Samsung Town way
Koran tech giant Samsung looks set to use home field advantage in the next escalation of its legal fight with Apple. According to The Korea Times, Samsung is preparing to mug the iPhone 5 as soon as it launches in Korea for violation of a bunch of Samsung patents.
"Just after the arrival of the iPhone 5 here, Samsung plans to take Apple to court here for its violation of Samsung's wireless technology related patents," said a Samsung senior exec to The Korea Times, on condition of anonymity.
"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. We will stick to a strong stance against Apple during the lingering legal fights."
This move seems like classic escalation. Apple hasn't just restricted itself to trying to get damages or royalties from Samsung for perceived infringements on its intellectual property, it has very deliberately attempted to block the sale of Samsung mobile devices in Europe, with some success.
Samsung seems to be saying: ‘Two can play at that game, Apple, and let's see if you find the Korean courts as accommodating as the German and Dutch ones." It reminds us a bit of that classic Connery monologue in The Untouchables: "They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That's the Chicago way!"
Another nugget is the apparent confirmation from one of the two Samsung execs sourced in this piece that the iPhone 5 will be NFC-enabled. This doesn't come as a massive surprise but, of course, Apple has yet to say anything publicly on the matter. "As usual, Apple Korea's representative Steve Park wasn't available for comment on the issue," concluded the report.