Samsung considers legal action over Apple's new iPhone: source

(Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co is considering legal actions to ban sales of Apple's new iPhone, a source who is familiar with the matter said on Tuesday, in its latest move to defend against claims by the U.S. firm that the South Korean firm had copied its product designs.

The source declined to elaborate further on where Samsung plans to take legal actions and the Maeil Business Newspaper reported that the South Korean firm may seek injunction request on Apple's new iPhone in Europe.

Samsung had no immediate comment.

The two technology firms have been locked in intensifying legal battles in nine countries over their flagship smartphone and tablet products.

(Reporting by Tae-Yi Kim; Editing by David Chance)