Samsung and Apple iPhone clashes continue.

Samsung vs AppleSeoul: Samsung Electronics Co. said that it had asked judges in Japan and Australia to provisionally ban sales of the iPhone 4S, accusing Apple Inc. of violating its mobile and user interface patents.

In Japan, Samsung is also seeking to triumph a court injunction on the iPad 2, it said in a statement.

Samsung said in a statement that “Apple has continued to violate our patent rights and free ride on our technology. We will no longer stand idly by and will steadfastly protect our intellectual property.”

Increasing legal disputes between Samsung and Apple that started in April spans a dozen countries and about 20 lawsuits, though Apple is Samsung’s biggest customer for its semiconductor business.

Apple secured a temporary sales ban on Samsung’s tablet computer in Germany and Australia, which may finally force the Korean firm to omit on the key holiday sales season. Samsung plea to both courts, it said.

Dutch judges also ruled in favor of Apple previous week, turning down Samsung’s request to place a ban on Apple’s mobile devices for patent infringements.

In Australia, Samsung charged Apple of infringing on 3 mobile patents related to data transmission, and transmitting and receiving data.

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