Samsung adds iPhone 5 to patent lawsuit, Galaxy Tab 10.1 ban lifted

By on October 2, 2012, 2:00 PM

As promised last month, Samsung has filed a motion against Apple claiming the iPhone 5 infringes on several patents owned by the South Korean company. Cupertino’s latest handset will be added to a pending lawsuit against previous iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models that allegedly infringe on the same patents.

It was believed that Samsung was going to target the iPhone 5 over specific 4G LTE patents but that doesn’t appear to be the case. According to Mobile Burn, Samsung says the latest iPhone violates two standard patents and six design patents. Samsung said in a statement that they prefer to compete in the marketplace rather than in court rooms but with the iPhone 5, they had little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect their innovations and intellectual property rights.

A trial has been set for some time in 2014 unless the two parties can come to an agreement out of court ahead of time. Despite having met multiple times to resolve disputes, not much has been settled on their own thus far.

Meanwhile, US District Court Judge Lucy Koh lifted a sales ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet that she imposed earlier this year. The ban was put in place before the most recent patent trial but the jury found that Samsung hadn’t violated the Apple design patent that the injunction was based on. That could be good news for Samsung as we head into the lucrative holiday buying season.

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Guest said:

Aw... 2014.. so long away.

ReederOnTheRun ReederOnTheRun said:

2014? By then the iphone 5 will be old news and Apple will have all ready reaped the maximum profit from the device anyways.

1 person liked this | lipe123 said:

I love the way this works, The "judge" bans sales of the Galaxy tab wrongfully and Samsung lose lots of money but when Samsung files a suit against apple nothing gets banned in the meantime.

Hey on the bright side at least they are creating jobs for lawyers and lining law firm pockets to the brim with cash.

1 person liked this | Xclusiveitalian Xclusiveitalian said:

How do you like them apples=p

Guest said:

I guess Sammy's gonna lose again...;)

Guest said:

Samsung has already won. They actually never lost anything. People forget that Apple has a deal with Samsung thats worth Billions, that no lawsuit can break or mess with. Even if Samsung loses(which is highly unlikely), they still won. Their name is so popular with all of Electronics even in Fridges and Washer n Dryers.

Lets not forget Apple doesnt actually make anything. Third party companies make everything for Apple. Just because a company doesn't like the licensing deal doesnt mean u can just use said hardware or software. Now their r fair trade agreements but if 2 companies cant agree then maybe they can work it out in mediation and not simply by suing as that doesnt actually help anyone and consumers at some point will be paying for it.

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