Apple adjusts complaint against Samsung, adds more products and patents

Apple’s ongoing legal case against Samsung increased today, with news that the company has now expanded its complaint by adding more products and patents into the mix.

According to Appolicious, Apple’s original complaint alleged that Samsung’s Galaxy S set of devices, such as the Nexus S, amongst others, infringed on its patents, but today they went further by adding devices such as the DROID Charge, Sidekick 4G, Exhibit 4G, Infuse 4G, Nexus S 4G, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy S II. The infringement also now includes both packaging and packaging inserts.

Apple has also decided to claim that Samsung’s 2007 device, the Samsung F700, was one of the first pieces of hardware that the company claims is “copying the clean flat clear surface of the Apple iPhone Trade Dress and the Apple iPhone/iPhone 3G/iPhone 4 Trade Dress.” Samsung has been open when it comes to stating that they have reworked their recent Galaxy Tab devices to help them compete better against Apple’s iPad 2.

Late last month Samsung’s lawyers filed a motion for the rights to see Apple's upcoming iPhone 5 and iPad 3. The motion requests that Samsung's lawyers be able to see a final (commercial) version of the iPhone 5, or rumoured as the iPhone 4S, and the iPad 3. They claimed that in doing so, they could change their products to try and stop any future accusations of copying by Apple.

Apple responded by filing a request in the District Court for the Northern District of California earlier this week asking the court to deny Samsung's request to see the designs for the iPad 3 and iPhone 5.

Apple is set to decide on whether to request a preliminary injunction against said Samsung products soon, something many expect to happen.

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andrewbares said,
Apple's like a ridiculous little child claiming that someone copied their drawing when both childern were simply told to draw a painting of a rose.

Yep. Awesome. Copying that.

SPARTdAN said,
Apple is still getting used to all this competition actually being competition now days.

No, Apple plainly doesnt accept competition...period. When they are doing well, they are quiet and dormant. When someone infringes on the territory and hits them in the check book, they sue instead of coming up with new ways to compete and better their products.

A clean flat surface? **** son. Your a bit screwed there. I kinda thought clean flat surfaces were kinda necessarily on devices. My opaque and undulated phone was cool though

Any update on the claim from Samsung for compensation regarding the accusation that Apple's iPhone and iPad infringe on ten of Samsungs mobile technology patents?

News flash... most phones look the same... why?? its a ****ing phone.. the only difference is what they run.. I have a Samsung... and it does not run apple software... it runs Windows... So what the hell is going on I don't know... IMO company's are simply going at each other with this law crap just to slow the other company's down.. All the phones are going for bigger screens at the mo, and hardware wise there all going to get faster so some are going to have the same hardware its on natural

If Samsung stole the idea, then fine, sue. But didnt Apple just do the same thing and steal ideas from Google and Microsoft? Maybe they should sue Apple, because they are doing the same damn thing in return.

rkenshin said,
If Samsung stole the idea, then fine, sue. But didnt Apple just do the same thing and steal ideas from Google and Microsoft? Maybe they should sue Apple, because they are doing the same damn thing in return.

Yea, this is so disturbing, really. Apple is pretty much suing people for making phones with a rectangular slate form factor, which they did not come up with in the first place (nor is it a sophisticated idea). In the mean time, they are copying sophisticated features like Android's notification system like a carbon copy with a straight face. So hypocritical and disturbing.

rkenshin said,
If Samsung stole the idea, then fine, sue. But didnt Apple just do the same thing and steal ideas from Google and Microsoft? Maybe they should sue Apple, because they are doing the same damn thing in return.

If they've got patents on the implementation and they think Apple have copied that implementation then they are more than entitled to sue..

I don't understand how Apple can sue and bring up products from so long ago. If these old products infringed on this so called patent, why didn't they sue then?

Considering that both parties top the Foxconn customer base in terms of engagement and demand, I'd be worried about cross polination and 'theft' of intellectual property.

I would argue both parties have valid reasons for their litigation.

"The infringement also now includes both packaging and packaging inserts."

“copying the clean flat clear surface of the Apple iPhone Trade Dress and the Apple iPhone/iPhone 3G/iPhone 4 Trade Dress.”

This really has to be the pinnacle of retarded.

LordBattleBeard said,
"The infringement also now includes both packaging and packaging inserts."

“copying the clean flat clear surface of the Apple iPhone Trade Dress and the Apple iPhone/iPhone 3G/iPhone 4 Trade Dress.”

This really has to be the pinnacle of retarded.

I wonder if Apple's trade "dresses" are made from silk. LOL silly Apple.

It's funny to see these people use patents as their weapon. I mean every time these two fight, they showing each other their weapons.

Win or lose, I've lost respect for Apple. I've already started migrating back to Windows through Boot Camp and I'm impressed with it so far.

And this is what happens when your a trend setter,
I hope Apple understands that its a good thing that others are trying to imitate them.
They better get used to this when they are at the top

Apple have every right to protect their patents, however, why didn't they sue Samsung all the way back in 2007? why now? seems to me their current case might be losing traction in the courts and they are desperately trying to secure a win for themselves. That is my 2 cents, take with a grain of salt.

Xerxes said,
Apple have every right to protect their patents, however, why didn't they sue Samsung all the way back in 2007? why now? seems to me their current case might be losing traction in the courts and they are desperately trying to secure a win for themselves. That is my 2 cents, take with a grain of salt.

Because Samsung didn't start ripping Apple off until 2010.

KingCrimson said,

Because Samsung didn't start ripping Apple off until 2010.


Wrong. Because Android didn't start kicking iOS's ass until 2010.

Just wondering what will apple gain if they win this lawsuit besides $$? Will Samsung stop selling the phones mentioned in the above post? Or will they continue to do so?

thnok said,
Just wondering what will apple gain if they win this lawsuit besides $? Will Samsung stop selling the phones mentioned in the above post? Or will they continue to do so?

What will probably happen is they'll settle and be able to use each others patents, that's usually the case in these patent things

DomZ said,

What will probably happen is they'll settle and be able to use each others patents, that's usually the case in these patent things

And can't they do that settling thing on a coffee house? It is shocking to see that big companies are spending $1000's suing each other while some people are just starving. Those patent lawyers must be making $1000 per day.

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