Samsung threatens to sue Apple if LTE device is released, report says
(CBS News) The saga of Apple vs. Samsung may not be over anytime soon. This time the South Korean electronics giant is reportedly seeks to cripple Apple by blocking the airways.
According to a recent report by the Korea Times, Samsung says it will "immediately sue Apple" if the company releases a products that uses long-term evolution (LTE) technology.
LTE is the technical name for what is often marketed at the 4G LTE network. Currently, most smartphones use the 3G network to access wireless data, but many will eventually be upgraded to a 4G LTE network.
Citing Thompson-Reuters data, the Times says that Samsung has the third-highest number of LTE patents at 12.2 percent - Nokia tops the list with 18.9 percent, followed by Qualcomm at 12.5 percent.
The reported threat of a lawsuit is only the latest in a series of events to transpire between the two companies. Samsung and Apple just wrapped up a heated court battle over patent infringement.
Apple sued Samsung for allegedly knocking off its popular iPhone and iPad. The computer giant sought $2.5 billion in damages.
Samsung denied the charges and countersued Apple for $422 million. A nine-person federal jury in San Jose, Calif. ruled in favor of Apple on August 24 and awarded the company with $1.05 billion in damages.
Apple will also seek a ban on eight Samsung products: Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S2 AT&T, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S2 T-Mobile, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge and Galaxy Prevail. A court date is set for December 6.
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