Apple Seeks To Add More Samsung Products To Patent Lawsuit


Apple Adds More Products To Samsung Patent Lawsuit

Apple is seeking to add six more products to its patent lawsuit against Samsung. The tech giant has asked a federal court to add the products to its patent infringement lawsuit against ti s competitor.

Products added include the Samsung Galaxy Notes II, the Samsung Galaxy S III, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi, the Samsung Galaxy Tab II 10.1, the Samsung Rugby Pro, and the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini, according to Friday’s court filing, reports Reuters.

The move is just the latest in an ongoing legal battle between the two companies and is one of two patent infringement lawsuits that are currently pending between them. They are both filed in the US District Court in San Jose.

An earlier lawsuit by Apple related to different patents that Samsung allegedly disregarded. It resulted in a $1.05 billion jury verdict against Samsung on August 24. The company stated in Friday’s filing:

“Apple has acted quickly and diligently to determine that these newly-released products do infringe many of the same claims already asserted by Apple.”

The second lawsuit by Apple was filed in February and has added various Samsung smartphone and tablet products to the list, including the Galaxy Nexus, which it says infringed on eight of its patents.

CNet notes that the claims by Apple on Friday are likely in retaliation to Samsung’s midweek request, which added the iPad Mini, the fourth-generation iPad, and the fifth-generation iPod to the list of products included in a California case, which is set to go on trial in 2014. Apple’s iPhone 5 is also included in the case.

The lawsuit that was won by Apple in August focused on exterior design issues, along with what Apple claimed were similarities to patented software features. The current case deals more with software and user interface programs, which raises the question on whether Google, the maker of the Android OS, will somehow get pulled into the nasty battle between the two tech giants.

The South China Morning Post adds that US District Court Judge Lucy Koh will preside over a hearing on December 6 to hear Apple’s bid for a permanent sales ban on nine Samsung products that were part of the first court battle. Included in the batch is the Tab 10.1 tablet computer.

During the same hearing, Koh will also hear Samsung’s bid to have the verdict thrown out over claims of juror misconduct. Samsung’s Seoul-based spokesman Nam Ki-yung has declined to comment on the latest filing by Apple.


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