Apple adds more Samsung devices to its second US lawsuit

Apple is continuing to add smartphones and tablets from Samsung to its list of products that Apple claims violates its design patents. This week, Apple made a request to bring in six more Samsung devices in a court filing.

Bloomberg reports that the list of new products include the recently launched 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note II, along with the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and the Tab 2 10.1 tablets. It also adds the Rugby Pro and Galaxy S III mini smartphones and the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) version of the Galaxy S III. Samsung released the Android 4.1 software update for the Galaxy S III in Europe earlier this year, but that update has not yet been released in the U.S.

In a statement, Apple said, "Apple has acted quickly and diligently to determine that these newly released products do infringe many of the same claims already asserted by Apple, and in the same way that the already-accused devices infringe."

This new legal move by Apple is part of a second patent lawsuit against Samsung in the U.S. In July, Apple won a lawsuit for the first case, as a jury ruled that a number of Samsung's products were violating design patents Apple had filed for the iPhone and iPad. The jury awarded Apple over $1 billion in damages, although Samsung is currently appealing that case.

For this second lawsuit, Samsung has filed a countersuit, claiming that the iPhone 5, the iPad mini and the new fourth-generation iPad were in violation of its own patents. The trial is expect to start in 2014.

Source: Bloomberg

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NeoPogo said,
Samsung is an an utterly despicable company.

Which you have said not once, but twice. Does the second time mentioning it make it any more true than the first? Or will a third/fourth/twentieth time do the trick?

ir0nw0lf said,

Which you have said not once, but twice. Does the second time mentioning it make it any more true than the first? Or will a third/fourth/twentieth time do the trick?

He's just another minion, slap the back of his head each time you see him.

The "Real" *******s here is the US Patent office that is willing to grant patents for "Round Corners" a "Single Button on the face" etc...

Companies are just doing what they have always done, create the most vague patent as they can get away with to cover the widest array of devices, and then sue anyone who is even remotely close. Apple doing it is not "news", its TRADITION!!

No, what needs to be done here is the US patent system needs a complete overhaul. Patents were intended to stop people from making "knock offs" and exact 1:1 copies. Ie, if samsung had a phone that was exactly the same dimensions, shape, with buttons in the exact place.. but not an "iPhone".. Whats going on here is just ridiculous.

The phrase "Damned if you do, damned if you don't" springs to mind.

Samsung change the designs of their devices and Apple still sue them. Any issues that Apple has with the software on these devices devices, unless they relate to Touchwiz, have nothing to do with Samsung anyway.

Rounded corners on a phone and a display screen showing icons! Don't they know Apple invented rounded corners? C'mon Samsung, you're such a copycat! /s

Apple - what a bunch of sleazeball jerks.

Cases like these with faceless global corporations that are just abusing the heck out of the system (both sides), should be required to pay all court fees. By all court fees I mean the judge, all support staff, all overhead, living wages for all jurors, transportation costs for all jurors, and absolutely anything that would otherwise be passed on to the tax payers. You file and lose, you pay. You file and win, they pay.

thornz0 said,
Cases like these with faceless global corporations that are just abusing the heck out of the system (both sides), should be required to pay all court fees. By all court fees I mean the judge, all support staff, all overhead, living wages for all jurors, transportation costs for all jurors, and absolutely anything that would otherwise be passed on to the tax payers. You file and lose, you pay. You file and win, they pay.

I agree, but companies are tax payers too and AFAIK they pay tax on court settlements as well.

By the time this gets heard in court the phones on this list will be nearing EOL and new phones will be out, so what's the point of this. Apple needs to focus on making THEIR products better rather than trying to sue away the competition because the competition has better devices.

Chris123NT said,
By the time this gets heard in court the phones on this list will be nearing EOL and new phones will be out, so what's the point of this. Apple needs to focus on making THEIR products better rather than trying to sue away the competition because the competition has better devices.

Why would it matter if the devices are EoL? They can still get compensation, and it sets precedent for any new cases that may arise out of Samsung's use of Apple's patents.

Many of the patents are stupid and shouldn't be patentable, but regardless, if a company has patents then they have to defend them. They aren't suing because the competition has "better" devices, they are suing because the competition is (or is believed to be) infringing their patents...

Gladiatorus said,
Apple must be so afraid of Samsung to be doing this all over again...

What do you mean all over again? ....

JessJess said,

What do you mean all over again? ....

They tried before but the judge eventually threw it out. Apple was forced to post a public apology on the site.

shinji257 said,

They tried before but the judge eventually threw it out. Apple was forced to post a public apology on the site.

That was only in the UK though.

I don't know if Apple have a case any more , to be honest I don't care. Apple seems to sue for everything but produce nothing special as of late. I don't like Samsung phones design since the GS2,I haven't been impressed by an iphone since the original.

Lord Method Man said,
Apple has turned into an utterly despicable company.

I'm sorry did you miss the other article where Samsung added a bunch of new devices to its? It's simply a reaction.

Of course everything Apple does is evil, forgot.

JessJess said,

I'm sorry did you miss the other article where Samsung added a bunch of new devices to its? It's simply a reaction.

Of course everything Apple does is evil, forgot.

Oh please, Apple has been attacking everything new Samsung puts out. Yea, Samsung added devices to but what do you expect Samsung to do, sit around and let Apple push them around.


Of course everything Apple does is evil, forgot.

YOU said that. I just gave my opinion.

By the time this trial starts, there's gonna be 60 phones on Apple's list and about what, 15-20 on Samsung's? I mean, Samsung releases almost 10 phones a year almost and Apple what, 3?