Samsung amends Apple patent lawsuit to include iPhone 5

Samsung has been slamming Apple's newly launched iPhone 5 with its own Galaxy S III campaigns, both in print and on TV. Today, things got more serious as Samsung is now including the iPhone 5 as part of a previous patent lawsuit against Apple.

AllThingsD.com reports that in Samsung's lawsuit amendment, it claims that the iPhone 5 violates eight of the company's patents. In a statement, Samsung said:

Because the iPhone 5 has the same accused functionality as the previously accused versions of the iPhone, Samsung seeks, with its proposed amendment, to add the iPhone 5 as an accused device that infringes Samsung’s two UMTS standards patents and six feature patents at issue. The iPhone 5 has the same accused functionality as the previously accused versions of the iPhone, so the proof of infringement of the patents-in-suit by the iPhone 5 is the same as for other Apple devices already accused of infringement in this litigation.

Apple did not comment today on Samsung's amendment. The trial concerning this particular case is not scheduled to go to court until March 2014.

Samsung is still stinging from losing a court battle in the US against Apple in August, with a jury ruling that some of Samsung's designs for its smartphones and tablets violated Apple's design patents for its iOS products.

Source: AllThingsD.com
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If you can't compete, litigate. Right guys?...guys?

Didn't Samsung try to sue Apple over 3G in the iPhone 4s? Yeah, how did that work out?

ir0nw0lf said,
March 2014? Wow...

How did Apple get that into court so fast, but it's going to take Samsung a year and a half? Or maybe this has all been going on so long I lost track of it.

Dane said,
If they go after LTE and win, would apple have to disable LTE on current Iphones?

No, because the patents related to LTE are FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) patents. This means that Samsung would have to license them to Apple at a reasonable cost due to the fact that they are intrinsic to smartphones.

Edited by M4x1mus, Oct 2 2012, 9:07pm :

Not going to work.

Also they are already being investigated in their own country by the FTC for SEP abuse...

n_K said,
But they've already sold millions of them, bit late...

And Samsung had already sold millions of the phones in which Apple won the case for. So the point you just made is completely irrelevant.

Shadier said,

And Samsung had already sold millions of the phones in which Apple won the case for. So the point you just made is completely irrelevant.

And the fact that the case is scheduled to be heard on March 2014.