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Samsung Trying to Keep the iPhone 4S From Selling Four Million Overseas


The iPhone 4S is officially the fastest-selling phone in history, and Samsung is really jealous.

So jealous that the company is using the only defense available in a situation like this: patents! According to the Wall Street Journal (via TechCrunch), the Galaxy S II maker is looking to stop Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) from selling the iPhone 4S in Australia and Japan.

Samsung has filed for preliminary injunctions in the Tokyo District Court and in the New South Wales Registry, Australia. The company is also asking the Japanese court to prohibit sales of the original iPhone 4 and the soon-to-be-dated iPad 2.

This is the second time Samsung has attempted to win the smartphone battle with legal action. Last week, Samsung announced that it was looking to prevent the sale of the iPhone 4S in France and Italy.

The Wall Street Journal says that Samsung's latest move follows a court decision in Australia that temporarily prevents Samsung from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. Samsung plans to appeal that ruling. And on Friday, a Dutch court rejected Samsung's request for a ban on Apple's products in the Netherlands.

It's important to remember that Apple more or less started this whole mess with a host of patent complaints against Samsung, HTC and other corporations. These companies have since retaliated with complaints of their own, leading to what could be an endless era of costly litigation.

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