South Korean technology maker Samsung Electronics has sued U.S.-based Apple and asked that the newly release iPhone 4S would be banned on the Japanese and Australian markets.
Samsung has also asked that sales of iPad 2 and iPhone 4 would be halted on the Japanese market.
The two companies are deadlocked in an international dispute over patents which takes place in Europe, the U.S. and Asia. Apple has also sued Samsung in Japan, last month, and asked that Samsung’s Galaxy S and Galaxy S II smartphones would not be allowed on the market anymore.
Neither party has obtained so far a final court decision against the other. Last week however, in Australia, a court has ordered a preliminary sales halt on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, but the South Korean company will call for an appeal on the matter.
Although the two makers are involved in a fierce legal battle, on certain technological products they are however business partners. Samsung, for example, produces Apple's A4 and A5 processors found in the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and iPod Touch.