According to a report published today, an Italian judge has refused Samsung’s request to ban iPhone 4S sales in the country. Earlier this month, the Korean electronics giant filed a patent-violation claim in France and Italy to block sales of the newly launched smartphone by Apple.

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According to Samsung, the iPhone 4S violates intellectual property rights of the company.

Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology. We believe it is now necessary to take legal action to protect our innovation.

The infringed technology is essential to the reliable functioning of telecom networks and devices and Samsung believes that Apple’s violation as being too severe and that the iPhone 4S should be barred from sales.

However, the court has now ordered to submit more information regarding this claim before the next hearing which is scheduled to be held on December 16. The iPhone 4S’ launch in 21 more countries (including Italy) on Friday will now go ahead as planned.

In case you don’t know, there are more than 24 lawsuits still pending between Apple and Samsung worldwide, and this figure is surely going to rise in the next few weeks. May the best lawyers win!

[via PCMag]