We learned a few minutes ago that Samsung was able to get that nasty sales ban lifted on their ’11 Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (even though the tab is on its way out). Guess they’re feeling pretty good about themselves as they’ve just added the iPhone 5 in their counter suit against Apple. Samsung claiming the iPhone 5 — along with a few of the older iPhones, iPads and iPods — violate a number of their 3G essential patents, along with a few feature patents as well. There’s a hearing set for November 6th in which a judge will decide of Samsung can add the iPhone 5 to their case, but there’s really nothing stopping them from doing so. Samsung had this to say about the new development:
“We have always preferred to compete in the marketplace with our innovative products, rather than in courtrooms. However, Apple continues to take aggressive legal measures that will limit market competition. Under these circumstances, we have little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights.”
It was only a few short weeks ago that Apple successfully managed to convince a jury that several (old school) Samsung products infringed upon their UI design patents and trade dress. Apple didn’t stop there, filing a second case against Samsung claiming more than 20 recently launched devices — the likes of which include the Galaxy S3 and Google’s own Galaxy Nexus — infringe upon a new set of patents.
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TAGS: iPhone 5, lawsuits, patent wars