Apple’s legal dance with Samsung just keeps on going.
In the latest development, Samsung filed a motion with the Court alleging that the iPhone 5 infringes upon a number of patents owned by Samsung. Specifically, Samsung alleges that the iPhone 5 infringes upon 2 standards-essential patents and 6 feature patents.
That Samsung is trying to include the iPhone 5 amongst its list of accused Apple products is no surprise at all given that the company all but promised that it would do so the minute the iPhone 5 was released.
Samsung’s motion reads in part:
Samsung informed Apple that it expected to seek leave to amend its infringement contentions to add the iPhone 5 two days before the product was released for sale. Samsung has now confirmed that the iPhone 5 has the same accused functionality as the previously accused versions of the iPhone, and Samsung is not seeking to add any new patent claims, so proof of infringement by the iPhone 5 will be the same..
Keep in mind that the suit in question is wholly different from the suit which was just decided in California this past August. This particular suit, which covers smartphone models like the Galaxy Nexus, isn’t scheduled to go to trial until 2014.
One might have assumed that everything was all wrapped up when Apple was awarded a $1.05 billion judgement from Samsung, but that’s hardly the case. The two companies will continue duking it out in court until they exhaust all legal remedies or until they come to a settlement of some sort, which at this point doesn’t seem all that likely.
via Network World