Apple iPhone 5: Samsung’s New Patent Infringement Suit

Source: Apple’s iPhone 5 | Official Website

Samsung officially added Apple’s iPhone 5 to its scheduled lawsuit last Monday. This move is keeping its promise to level up its claims against the device for reportedly infringing some of its patented wireless technology.

Apple vs. Samsung: A Series of Suits and Countersuits

Samsung indicated last month that it plans to add the iPhone 5 to its patent suit against Apple. The company added that the changes will come “as soon as it has had a reasonable opportunity to analyze the device.” According to its statement obtained by Reuters:

We have little choice but to take steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights.

Based on the patent filing that Samsung submitted yesterday, the Korean tech giant planed to acquire an iPhone 5 last September and started investigating the device. The company is checking whether the iOS handset violated any of its patents. In relation to this, it has discovered that the smartphone indeed infringe two of its UMTS wireless patents and six “featured patents.” It also informed Apple about its discoveries.

On the other hand, Apple asserted its claims against the Samsung Galaxy S III. It added the Korean company’s latest flagship smartphone and the Galaxy Note to the amended complaint at the end of August. Samsung countered this litigation by asserting a number of patented wireless technologies against legacy iPhones.

In June, the Cupertino-based company was able to gain victory in a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. However, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit granted the Galaxy phone maker a stay. As a result, the Galaxy Nexus remains available on stores today.

Samsung’s filing last Monday came after Judge Lucy Koh decided to dissolve a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1’s sales ban in the United States. The sales ban has been in place since June, and the dissolved injunction gave the Korean tech giant a small victory in the San Jose Federal Court.

The Galaxy Nexus case is set to be heard by the same court, which is responsible for the landmark Apple vs. Samsung patent trial. During the said trial, the jury awarded Apple with more than $1 billion in damages after it was discovered that the Android smartphone manufacturer infringed six patents from the iPhone maker.

At the moment, each company is asserting eight patent claims against each other. The Apple vs. Samsung lawsuit is scheduled to be heard on 2014.

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