Last month, Apple won a preliminary injunction granted by the German court to block the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the entire European Union except for Netherlands. Last week, Apple successfully got Samsung to pull the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from a German trade show floor after a court injunction forced Samsung to cease promoting its newly unveiled tablet. This week, Samsung has announced yet another lawsuit against Apple. The lawsuit was filed in France, accusing Apple of infringing three mobile phone patents with the iPhone and iPad. The first hearing is expected to occur in December, according to Agence France-Presse.
According to the report, the complaint is related to three Samsung patents covering UMTS, or third-generation high-speed data transfer on cell networks. The lawsuit targets the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, as well as the first- and second-generation iPad models with 3G radios. “The complaint focuses on three technology patents, and not on the design of the tablets,” a Samsung spokeswoman reportedly said.
Unlike Germany and Australia, where Samsung is banned from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1, the tablet is currently available in France.
Apple is currently involved in legal disputes against Android handset makers, including Samsung and HTC. The company has recently won cases against both Samsung and HTC.