Apple‘s asked a court to allow it to add more Samsung products to its patent infringement lawsuit in what’s an ever-escalating battle between the two firms. Documents filed to the San Jose federal court in California on November 23 list six Samsung products running the “Jelly Bean” and “Ice Cream Sandwich” operating systems, which Apple claims infringe its patents.
As the legal system would have it, patent disputes can be more complicated than they initially look. While Apple has already won in its claim against Samsung in California, both companies have been filing contentions against each other with the court, mainly to include additional products they believe would help in their case. For Apple, additional devices would mean it can seek additional damages from Samsung.
These devices are as follows:
- Galaxy S3 with Jelly Bean update. While the Galaxy S3 was previously added in an earlier contention by Apple, the firm says the update only arrived on devices that its legal counsel examined just “earlier this month.”
- Galaxy Note 2
- Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi. The original patent infringement contentions were based on Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and the device was actually included in an earlier contention. But with the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, Apple wanted to include the updated devices in its list.
- Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. In particular, Apple is targeting devices released with ICS begining November 9 and most recently November 21 this year.
- Galaxy Rugby Pro, released on October 21.
- Galaxy S3 Mini. The device was released in the UK earlier this month, but Samsung is yet to officially release it Stateside. But Apple says it has discovered the Galaxy S3 Mini is now for sale in the U.S., and so it wants to include the devices in its contention.
Apple has more to gain than Samsung by widening the scope of the patent suits. Samsung has a much broader product line, and one which tends to be updated more often.
The case is due to go to trial in March 2014 – by which time many of the products concerned are likely to be pretty obsolete.
Galaxy Note 2
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a 5.5 inch smartphone that has been announced at IFA 2012 in Germany. It features a quad-core Samsung Exynos processor (1.6GHz), 16/32/64GB of internal storage and is the first Samsung smartphone to use Android 4.1 (aka Jelly Bean). The internal storage can be further expanded by 64GB with a microSD card. It is slightly thinner than its predecessor (9.4mm) and supports 4G LTE and HSPA+ in its GSM variant. It uses an external LTE modem which can be changed depending no the targeted country/LTE bands. The S-Pen pressure-sensitive pen is one of the big differentiation for this model.