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Samsung may stop iPhone 5

Electronics giant may plan to ban new iPhone sales as bitter battle with Apple intensifies

Samsung may stop iPhone 5
Samsung may be planning to attempt to ban sales of the upcoming iPhone 5.

Samsung Electronics may take legal action to ban the new iPhone, in the latest move in the bitter battle between the two electronics giants, a source told Reuters.

This could be Samsung's strongest step yet against allegations by Apple that Samsung copied its iPad 2 design and violated several patents.

The Maeil Business Newspaper has also reported that the South Korean firm may seek an injunction request on Apple's new iPhone in Europe. Samsung said it would not comment on the matter.

The two companies have been locked in a patent infringement battle in nine countries and a German court recently upheld Apple's request to have the new Samsung Galaxy Tab withdrawn from sale in Germany, some of Samsung's smartphone models have been withdrawn from sale in the Netherlands and the company has been unable to begin sales of its tablet device in Australia.

Samsung is quickly closing the market gap with its arch-rival Apple, which holds the number one spot, with its range of innovative Android-based smartphones and tablets.

According to Reuters, Apple sold 20.3 million iPhones in the second quarter and Samsung shipped one million units less than that.

Rumours surrounding the iPhone 5 suggest is may launch in October, as Apple pushes to keep its lead over Samsung.

Apple first sued Samsung in April, claiming its competitor had copied its product designs, and Samsung since counter-sued, saying Apple infringed on its mobile technologies.

Samsung supplies both chips and displays for Apple smartphones and tablets

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