Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Apple could drag the Galaxy S4 into patent war with Samsung

Apple could drag the Galaxy S4 into patent war with Samsung

Apple could drag the Galaxy S4 into patent war with Samsung

Apple has submitted a request to the courts that it be allowed to add Samsung's recently released flagship Android phone, the Galaxy S4, to the companies' upcoming patent battle.

That's right: if you thought that the epic patent war between Apple and Samsung was more or less finished when Apple was awarded over $ 1 billion nearly a year ago, you're dead wrong.

The "he copied, she copied" has continued ever since, with Northern District of C alifornia Judge Lucy Koh in March ordering a new trial altogether.

Apple and Samsung were recently ordered to narrow down their cases against one another, and while they each downsized their list of the other party's infringing products to 22 devices, Apple now wants to swap one out for the Galaxy S4.

The dogs of patent war

Apple told the court in a filing that after analyzing Samsung's Galaxy S4, it "concluded that it is an infringing device and accordingly intends to move for leave to add the Galaxy S4 as an infringing product," Phone Arena reported today.

Apple will reportedly swap the Galaxy S4 in for another Samsung device on its list of infringing products, keeping the num ber at 22, if the court allows it.

Apple's current list of infringing Samsung devices includes the Galaxy Nexus, multiple versions of the Galaxy Note, and the Galaxy S4 predecessors Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3.

Samsung's list, on the other hand, includes various iPhones, iPads, and iPods, and multiple Apple computers.

The Apple-Samsung patent case is scheduled to hit the courts again in March 2014.

We've asked Samsung for its comment on Apple's request, but so far we haven't heard back.


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