Apple-loyal customers — from the northeastern reaches of Hartford, Connecticut, to the other far-flung corners of the U.S. — eagerly anticipated this past weekend as the iPhone 5 was finally launched. Given some reports that Apple sold somewhere in the vicinity of 5 million of the newest iPhone iteration on the opening weekend, it’s safe to say neither company nor customer was disappointed with the release.

But there was a little drama leading up to the release of the phone that some purchasers may not be aware of: Samsung filed an 11th-hour injunction against Apple to block the sale of the iPhone 5, shortly after their defeat in the highly-publicized lawsuit involving the two rival companies.

The motion was made by Samsung because they claim Apple violated their wireless patents, and as a result they listed numerous devices — including the iPhone 5 — that should be blocked from sale. However, a candid statement from Samsung made their intentions a bit more clear: “Apple continues to take aggressive legal measures that will limit market competition.”

“Under these circumstances, we have little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights.”

Cynics will say that Samsung is playing the revenge card, which may or may not be true; but there is a certain truth to their statement about the sales injunction as well. Innovations and intellectual property are the lifeblood of any company, especially successful ones. The only way a company can safeguard these valuable assets is to invoke their patents or trademarks, which protect and prove that an organization has the rights to its unique ideas.

Source: SlashGear, “Samsung chasing iPhone 5 sales ban,” Chris Davies, Sep. 20, 2012