Samsung Threatening to Sue Apple over LTE Technology

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Posted 4 years ago

We already know that the dispute between Apple and Samsung over patent infringements is far from over, but it seems as though the Korean company are planning on having the last laugh over their major smartphone rival.

In a story that has emerged from the Korea Times and referenced by consumer electronics site BGR, Samsung has “confirmed that it will immediately sue Apple if the latter releases products using advanced long-term evolution (LTE) mobile technology.” Like a wounded animal, Samsung are just waiting for Apple to go ahead with LTE so they can pounce. And the good news for the Korean multinational conglomerate is that all the signs point to Apple’s new iPhone 5 using LTE technology. In fact, according to techradar.com, advanced discussions are underway between Apple and Korean carriers about putting out the newest iPhone on 4G LTE.

LTE technology has proven to be much faster and better performing than 3G and HSPA+ and Apple are surely going to need to use LTE in order to compete at the top end of the smartphone market in the longer term. Apple already uses LTE technology in their new iPad – making it even more likely that it will appear in the latest iPhone. Don’t expect Samsung to jump in and sue Apple over the use of LTE in the iPad though – at least not yet anyway – they are much more likely to wait until the iPhone 5 surfaces before unleashing their wrath.

It might not just be Samsung that gets in on the action either, although they are likely to be first. Data released by Thomson-Reuters reveals that Nokia leads the way in LTE patents with 18.9 per cent, followed by Qualcomm with 12.5 per cent and Samsung with 12 per cent. If Samsung successfully sue Apple, the Californian’s could find other rival companies queuing up to cash in.

It’s just a threat at the moment, but having just been ordered to pay $1.05 billion in damages to Apple, and facing the threat of having eight smartphones and the Galaxy Note 10.1 banned from the U.S market, Samsung would relish turning the tables.

Anthony Carter

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