Apple vs Samsung is entering another phase with the introduction of the new (old) iphone 4S, which even sent Apple stocks down.
Samsung has already filed a claim in USA regarding the WCDMA patents it holds and Apple violates. France and Italy both uses GSM networks and according to existing law, companies can seek and courts can order a ban on sales of a product even before the product reaches markets according to a Samsung spokesman, James Chung.
"Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology, and we will steadfastly protect our intellectual property," .... “The infringed technology is essential to the reliable functioning of telecom networks and devices and Samsung believes that Apple’s violation [is] too severe and that the iPhone 4S should be barred from sales,” said Samsung.
Apple managed to block sales of Samsung products in the Netherlands and Germany and is almost succeeding doing the same in Australia. Samsung has asked a court in the Netherlands to stop Apple from selling iPhones and iPad tablets.