Samsung to Seek Ban on Apple iPhone 4S in France, Italy

Samsung Electronics Co. said Wednesday it would try to stop the sale of Apple Inc.’s iPhone 4S in France and Italy, aiming to use the product’s rollout as leverage against Apple in a broader fight over the design of smartphones and tablet computers.

Samsung, which is embroiled in a neck-and-neck race with Apple to become the world’s largest seller of smartphones, is trying to gain an upper hand in a legal battle that started in April when Apple accused it of copying key design elements in smartphones and tablets.

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