In a court filing last Friday, Apple asked the federal judge to add six Samsung products to an upcoming infringement suit. The report came after the South Korean tech giant augmented its counterclaims by adding the iPad Mini and iPad 4 to the case. Both devices were not released when the case was originally filed in February.
As AMOG reported last week, Samsung filed a motion last Wednesday to add Apple’s iPad 4 and iPad Mini on its list of iOS devices that were rumored to have infringed their latest wireless patents.
If approved, the Cupertino-based company’s latest assertion will include the Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S III with Android 4.1, Galaxy S III Mini, Rugby Pro, Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi, and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. Additionally, the company noted that the Galaxy S III Mini has not yet been officially introduced in the US, although it is already available through different retailers.
As stated by RBC Capital Market’s Mike Abramsky, Apple’s newest patent infringement against Samsung will be their strongest case yet. In case the iPhone maker wins the preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Nexus, its sales will be barred in the US. In turn, it will prompt Samsung to remove their handset’s “infringing features” such as the unified search, slide to unlock, and predictive text.
The smartphone patent war is now at its highest intensity. While Apple’s litigation to date has failed to produce any significant wins, Apple is now bringing its strongest patents into the war.
Samsung and Apple’s New Patent Infringement Case
Earlier this month, Judge Paul Grewal granted Apple’s motion to add the Galaxy S III to the suit. However, Samsung has since updated the mobile device’s operating system to Android Jelly Bean.
As for the mobile phone’s mobile operating system, there were reports that it also infringed Apple’s intellectual property. In relation to this, the Android 4.1 is already part of the lawsuit as it pertains to the Galaxy Nexus.
Samsung, on the other hand, recently added iPhone 5. The company is asserting that it infringed some of their UMTS wireless patents.
The case, which is scheduled on March 2014, will be heard by the same court who took charge of the landmark Apple vs. Samsung patent trial. The said trial resulted in a $1.05 billion ruling against Samsung last August. Moreover, further device additions from both parties are likely to happen as fast discovery is set to run on July 8, 2013.
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