Samsung plans to add Apple's iPhone 5 to its U.S. lawsuits

While Apple may have won a $1.05 billion verdict against Samsung (which they're trying to bump up to $3 billion, by the way), the litigation between the two tech heavyweights shows no signs of dying down anytime soon. On the contrary, the lawsuits the two companies are currently embroiled in across a multitude of continents are actually expanding.

While Apple may have won a $1.05 billion verdict against Samsung (which they're trying to bump up to $3 billion, by the way), the litigation between the two tech heavyweights shows no signs of dying down anytime soon. On the contrary, the lawsuits the two companies are currently embroiled in across a multitude of continents are actually expanding.

Specifically, and in line with previous promises from Samsung executives, the Korean-based electronics giant recently filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California indicating its plans to file in the near future an ammended complaint which will include the new iPhone 5 in its patent infringement actions against Apple.

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"Based on information currently available," the filing reads, "Samsung expects that the iPhone 5 will infringe the asserted Samsung patents-in-suit in the same way as the other accused iPhone models. Samsung plans to file a motion to amend its infringement contentions to address the iPhone 5 as soon as it has had a reasonable opportunity to analyze the device." 

And in a separate statement issued to the press, Samsung trotted out its oft-used line that Apple's own legal actions are stifiling competition in the marketplace and that it has no choice but to vigorously defend its own intellectual property rights.

Again, Samsung's filing isn't at all surprising given that it had previously promised to sue Apple over LTE functionality in the iPhone 5 within 24 hours of the device's release. It'll be interesting to see if Samsung goes down this road given that Apple has an insane number of 4G-related patents to its name, as the result of the $4.5 billion consortium bid for a large collection of Nortel patents many months back.

4G patents aside, Florian Mueller notes that Samsung, at the very least, will allege that the iPhone 5 infringes upon the same eight patents the company has already asserted against Apple, two of which include standards-essential patents. Notably, Samsung has been wholly unsuccessful in its efforts to assert standards-essential patents against Apple in any of the multiple jurisdictions its filed lawsuits in.

Of course, Samsung isn't alone in its efforts to expand the company's current litigation matrix. Apple had previously tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to incorporate Samsung's Galaxy SIII into its California litigation. Furthermore, there will be a hearing today to discuss Apple's efforts to attain an injunction against eight accused Samsung products which include the following:

  • Galaxy S 4G
  • Galaxy S2 (AT&T)
  • Galaxy S2 (Skyrocket)
  • Galaxy S2 (T-Mobile)
  • Galaxy S2 Epic 4G
  • Galaxy S Showcase
  • Droid Charge
  • Galaxy Prevail

As one would expect, Samsung has vowed to do everything in its power to ensure that the aformentioned products remain available for sale in the United States. Samsung also indicated that it has already initiated discussions with wireless carriers to remove infringing features from their collection of smartphones.

And so the saga that is the Apple/Samsung litigation marches on.

via Foss Patents

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