Samsung: Apple Wants to Limit Consumer Choices With Plea for Ban

Adding a deep effect on the ongoing patent war between Samsung Electronics and Apple Inc., the latter recently sought a ban on the sale of latest Galaxy smartphones in the US market.

However, the Korean manufacturer reacted on Saturday and accused the Cupertino, Calif.-based company of opting out for a legal way to put a ban on the former’s range of Galaxy smartphones, which it said would also limit consumer’s choices of buying smartphones in the US.

The jury recently decided in favor of Apple, and asked Samsung to pay $1 billion, on being accused of infringing iPhone’s patents. Samsung, however, vowed to appeal the verdict.

Apple recently asked a federal district court in San Jose, California, to add four more products to a list of Samsung goods that it says infringe its patents.

The new list of 21 products would now include Samsung’s flagship smartphone Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note amidst others.

In case the court decides in favor of Apple, Samsung could receive a huge setback as it could put a ban on the latter’s sales of smartphones in the US market.

US was the world’s largest smartphone market in 2011 and Samsung’s smartphones accounted for much of its sales and revenue.

Samsung, in fact stayed ahead in the market of smartphones all over the world with the sale of its S III.

Samsung, on Saturday, condemned Apple’s shot to stop sales of the S III, which hit the 10 million global sales mark in July, less than three months after its release.

In a statement by Samsung, the firm said, “Apple continues to resort to litigation over market competition in an effort to limit consumer choice. We will continue to take the necessary legal measures to ensure the availability of our innovative products in the United States.”

Apple, however, accused Samsung of flooding the market with ‘copycat products’.

Apple and Samsung are the world’s two largest smartphone makers, who are undergoing similar legal battles in Asia, Europe and the United States.

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