Samsung seeks ban against Apple products in Australia and Japan

Escalating their patent battle that started in April this year, Samsung has moved courts in Australia and Japan seeking a temporary ban on Apple's iPhone 4S for infringing its mobile and user interface patents.

The South Korean giant is seeking preliminary injunctions to stop sales of the iPhone 4S in Australia, just days after the device went on sale around the world and to ban sales of the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 in Japan.

It's also appealing last week decision by an Australian court, which granted Apple a temporary ban on sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Samsung is retaliating despite on Friday losing in a Dutch court its plea to ban all Apple's mobile products that use 3G telecommunications technology.

A judge in the Netherlands told Samsung and Apple to sort out a FRAND licence on the 3G patents after the court found that Samsung's 3G patents should be open to license under FRAND.

FRAND or Fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms, are a licensing obligation that is often required by standard-setting organizations (SSOs) for industry groups that set common standards for a particular industry in order to ensure compatibility and interoperability of devices manufactured by different companies.