According to 9to5mac, Apple may run into some legal issues with Samsung concerning their new iPhone 4S antenna system. You guys remember the iPhone 4 “antennagate” controversy a while ago, right? Well, the person who predicted it, Professor Gert Frølund Pedersen, is anticipating that the newly announced iPhone 4S contains an antenna that may encroach Samsung patents. These patents were sold to the Korean phone manufacturer back in 2007 by Pederesen and the Aalborg University.
Apple will then be infringing the Apparatus and method for stabilizing terminal power in a communication system and Apparatus and method for selecting an antenna in a communication system patents. Although details about the new iPhone 4S antenna are still unknown, Apple’s press release may have uncovered some useful information:
“Improving on the innovative stainless steel external, dual-antenna design of iPhone 4, iPhone 4S is the first phone to intelligently switch between two antennas to send and receive.”
Professor Pedersen seemed to disagree with the Cuppertino-based company statement which claims that the technology behind the antenna is “innovative.”
When Apple says that it is new, it’s not true. It has been in use for very long. For example in the DECT cordless phones. Both in these and in some of the phones, “
We’re not sure how Samsung is going to handle this issue but we’re sure that they’ll do everything in their power to defend their own intellectual property. Apple may have gotten themselves into a battle which they think they may have won at this point, but if this patent infringement happens to become a reality, we could see a permanent ceasefire between the two companies.