Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday that it has filed preliminary injunction motions in Australia and Japan requesting the courts stop the sale of Apple Inc's iPhone 4S in an escalating legal battle between the two technology giants. Samsung said earlier this month that it would seek sales bans of the latest iPhone in France and Italy less than a day after the device was unveiled, claiming the product infringed upon its patents. “In light of these (patent) violations, Samsung believes the sale of such Apple devices should be banned,” Samsung said in a statement.

The drama continues

Samsung fights back!

Just as a recap, this rather hefty, global legal battle has been waging on for quite some time now. Apple has even sued Samsung in the United States back in April, saying the South Korean firm's Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets “slavishly” copies the iPhone and iPad. The company then filed a request in July to bar some of Samsung products from U.S. sale, including the Galaxy S 4G smartphone and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet.

Apple has also been working extra hard to ensure blockage of  the sales of Samsung's smartphones and tablets around the world, claiming they all infringe on Apple's existing patents. Apple has scored preliminary injunctions against Samsung in Australia and Germany where the newly launched Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been banned from being sold. Now the Cupertino manufactuerer wants a ban of Samsung's products in their huge U.S. market as well. A  U.S. judge only recently said that Samsung's Galaxy tablets do infringe Apple's iPad patents, but also said that Apple might have a problem establishing the validity of its patents. Apple is also Samsung's biggest customer, buying mainly chips and displays.

Additionally, Samsung has also filed four patents cases against Apple in The Hague and asked for a preliminary injunction against all of Apple's mobile products that use 3G technology, including iPhones and iPads. The Korean company also attempted the ban of the iPhone in Korea as well. At one point, taking the case to a whole new level of absurdity, Samsung claimed that Stanley Kubrick may have actually “designed” the first iPad. Other countries where Samsung has counter-sued Apple include Australia, Germany and France.

The legal battle is waging strong across many parts of the globe and Samsung seems to be on the losing end as of now. To follow the entire case check out our Buzz section here for blow-by-blow coverage of the Samsung vs Apple battle.

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