“Samsung Electronics said Monday that it will sue Apple over its release of the iPhone 5 for infringing on its fourth-generation (4G) long-term evolution (LTE) connectivity patents, according to ranking officials,” Kim Yoo-chul reports for The Korea Times. “‘It’s true that Samsung Electronics has decided to take immediate legal action against the Cupertino-based Apple. Countries in Europe and even the United States ― Apple’s home-turf ― are our primary targets,’ said a senior Samsung who is directly involved with the matter, in a telephone interview with The Korea Times.”

“The Korea’s tech giant’s move came immediately after SK Telecom confirmed Monday that the U.S. technology giant will unveil the iPhone 5 featuring 4G LTE. SK said that it has agreed with Apple to release the LTE-enabled iPhone on the local market for domestic telecommunications frequencies,” Kim reports. “‘Talks with Apple ended with a good result. We are happy to offer the much speedier new iPhone to our customers,’ said an SK Telecom official, though the company spokesman declined to confirm the news, citing the sensitivity of the issue.”

MacDailyNews Take: Dear SK Telecom official, you’re lucky Steve isn’t here or you head would be on a stick by now.

Kim reports, “A KT spokeswoman Kim Yoon-jeong declined to confirm this was the case as it’s not the company policy to talk about client-related issues. But KT sources said it’s unlikely Apple would release the new iPhone using conventional third-generation (3G) networks.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Samsung is still not grasping – or ignoring – the differences between utility patents and design patents. Fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms, you criminals.