That Was Quick: Samsung Files For iPhone 4S Injunctions In Europe

Less than 24 hours have passed since the iPhone 4S was introduced by Apple, and Samsung is taking no chances. The company has already announced that it is filing for injunctions on the device in France and Italy, requesting the courts block sales of the device because of patent infringements, and says it plans to file more.

Samsung noted in a blog post that the device, like other Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) cellular devices that have preceded it, violate patents that Samsung holds related to W-CDMA (3G) technology. Samsung has already filed legal cases against Apple in France and Italy related to those same patents and infringements on older devices.

“Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology. We believe it is now necessary to take legal action to protect our innovation,” the blog post notes.

Flagrantly violating? Free ride? It’s interesting to see Samsung getting a little more sharp in its public attacks, echoing the language Apple used when it first sued Samsung back in April and accused the Korean company of “slavishly” copying Apple’s designs.

The company says it plans to file further injunctions in other countries pending further review. Multiple-market injunctions was something we actually guessed would happen weeks ago, when a Samsung executive said the company planned to file an injunction on the new device in Korea. At the time we wrote:

The report notes that the comments are related to the launch of the [newest] iPhone in Korea, but given that Samsung has not restricted its legal actions to Korea so far, it would be fair to guess that it could also launch such attacks in further markets, too, if this fight continues.

Some backstory: Samsung had a bit of a setback yesterday in Australia when Apple rejected an offer Samsung had made to start selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in that country. We don’t know what the exact details of that offer was, but Apple clearly saw that any kind of concession was not worth it. Samsung has delayed launching the tablet until the legal dispute gets resolved.

Samsung has been filing for injunctions on Apple devices in several countries in Europe, including the Netherlands, France and Italy. So far, there has not been a decision made in any of those cases.

Taking a device that has yet to be released, though, is a new chapter in this story for Samsung — and it puts it in line with the legal approach being taken by Apple, in the injunctions it has managed to secure in Germany, as well as Samsung’s self-imposed sales halt in Australia — both over tablets that had yet to be released in those respective markets.