Apple-Samsung Patent War Rages On
In August of this year, it was announced that Samsung was guilty of infringing on the design patents of Apple's iPhone and iPad. Fast forward a few months to the end of October, and Apple lost its appeal against a UK ruling that Samsung did not infringe its design rights.
These legal battles signal an ongoing feud between tech market's prominent players, and it does not look like it will end soon.
According to a recent Bloomberg report, another patent lawsuit in the U.S. has been filed by both companies, with each focusing on the other's newer mobile devices – just three months after the first U.S. trial which was settled in Apple's favor (Samsung was ordered to pay $1.05 billion in damages).
Apple has added new claims of infringement against Samsung's Galaxy Note and the U.S. version of its Galaxy S III Smartphone, whereas Samsung is now accusing Apple of patent infringement in its new iPhone 5.
Bloomberg's report also suggests that Apple has filed a claim against Google's latest Android operating system, Jelly Bean. However, the U.S. Magistrate Judge, Paul Grewal, ruled that Apple's claims against the Android OS is only applicable in its use on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, a smartphone which is co-branded with Google.
This new U.S. lawsuit will target smartphones and tablets which have been introduced by both Samsung and Apple since the filing of their first lawsuit in April 2011; the second lawsuit will go to trial in 2014. Under scrutiny will be Apple's newer iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices, as well as 19 devices released by Samsung.
In the mean time, both companies will be returning to the U.S District Court in December, which is a result of an extension from their first U.S. trial; this will be preceded by Judge Lucy Koh. Once again, U.S. sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, the top competitor to Apple's iPad, is being targeted by Apple. Although the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was already banned earlier this year, a Northern California jury ruled in October that the tablet did not infringe on Apple's designs, and thusly the ban was lifted.
Further to the Galaxy Tab 10.1, eight additional Samsung smartphones will be targeted in December by Apple, and Samsung will try to invert the U.S. ruling made in August which stood in Apple's favor. (CY) Link