By Patrick Avenell

Samsung has today filed preliminary injunction motions to stop sales of the Apple iPhone 4S in Australia and Japan. Samsung has also lodged an appeal against the injunction won by Apple last week in the Federal Court.

“Samsung Electronics today filed preliminary injunction motions in the Tokyo District Court, Japan and in the New South Wales Registry, Australia requesting the courts to stop the sale of Apple’s iPhone 4S in the respective countries,” said a Samsung statement.

“In a separate filing today, Samsung has appealed the Australian court's decision on October 13 to grant a preliminary injunction over the Galaxy Tab 10.1."

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In its injunction lodgement in Japan, Samsung is also looking to halt the sale of the iPhone 4 and the iPad 2.

“In Japan, Samsung is also seeking an injunction to immediately bar the sale of iPhone 4 and iPad 2.

“The injunction request in Japan cites infringements on one High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) standard-related patent and three user interface patents, which seriously violate Samsung's intellectual property.

“Samsung's preliminary injunction request in Australia cites three patent infringements related to wireless telecommunications standards, specifically Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) and HSPA.

“In light of these violations, Samsung believes the sale of such Apple devices should be injuncted.

“Apple has continued to violate our patent rights and free ride on our technology. We will steadfastly protect our intellectual property.”

Samsung lists the following three patent claims in Australia:

-Method and apparatus for transmitting/receiving packet data using pre-defined length indicator in a mobile communication system (WCDMA).
-Method and apparatus for data transmission in a mobile telecommunication system supporting enhanced uplink service (HSPA).
-Method and apparatus for transmitting and receiving data with high reliability in a mobile communication system supporting packet data transmission (HSPA).

Apple has been contacted for comment.