SEOUL--Samsung Electronics Co. filed applications with courts in France and Italy for injunctions banning the sale of Apple Inc.'s new iPhone 4S smartphone on Oct. 6 (Japan time), the same day the death of the American company's founder, Steve Jobs, was announced.
The South Korean company, which is locked in a worldwide patent battle with Apple encompassing more than 30 separate court disputes, argues that Apple's new smartphone model violates its patents, including one for a technology that restores data when transmissions have failed. It plans to apply for similar injunctions in other countries.
While fighting tooth and nail in the courts, the two companies are also business partners. Apple procures large quantities of semiconductors and other supplies from Samsung.
"This is an expression of our will to turn on the offensive even against one of our customers," said a senior Samsung official.
The tone of the comment contrasted with a warm tribute issued by Samsung chief executive G.S. Choi following the announcement of the Apple founder's death. In a statement carried on the Reuters news service, Choi said: "Chairman Steve Jobs introduced numerous revolutionary changes to the information technology industry and was a great entrepreneur. His innovative spirit and remarkable accomplishments will forever be remembered by people around the world."
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