Samsung has been silent since the announcement for the iPhone 5
Now that Apple has formally announced the iPhone 5 with the included 4G LTE with it, are we soon going to see Samsung respond with a lawsuit for patent infringement? And with that, will there be attempts to get it banned before it even hits the streets? The new iPhone has been out for long enough for Samsung to react. We have yet to hear anything official from Samsung regarding previous threats to try and stop Apple from selling the iPhone because of Samsung’s LTE patents. If they are intent on stopping the sales for the iPhone 5, they are going to have to file something this week to allow enough time for it to wind its way through the legal system in whatever country they file in.
We asked the question of an iPhone 5 ban attempt yesterday and Samsung has been very quiet today after the big splash that Apple made. Now, the rumor mill is escalating with reports of Samsung preparing to file suits in the US and Europe as part of efforts to stop Apple from selling the iPhone. We have been hearing rumblings about this for weeks and we should know very soon just how intent they are to punish Apple. There were rumors yesterday that HTC would sue as well because of LTE patents that it holds, so Apple might be in a bit of trouble.
I would have to say that Samsung may be considering their options right now as Apple is vulnerable if Samsung has enough LTE patents to take them to court over. If HTC has other LTE patents as well, the two could team up against Apple and create some serious trouble for the iPhone 5. The big unknown right now is whether they will actually do that. Apple in the past has not been in the mood to negotiate settlements on the cases they have filed against others. But with the iPhone 5, they may be forced to consider other options.
This is going to turn into a wait and see game to see if Samnsung will be filing a lawsuit against Apple for LTE patents. And since this could involve multiple countries as well, it could become very interesting to follow.