Apple Would Like to Sue the Heck Out of Six More Samsung Devices
The escalation of Apple’s patent battle with Samsung continues apace, its breadth seemingly limited only by the current size of the pair’s product lines.
After successfully moving to have the iPhone 5 added to its claims against Apple, Samsung last week asked to add the iPod touch 5, iPad 4, and iPad mini, as well. Predictably, Apple has responded in kind, filing a motion to expand its own claims to include a number of recent Samsung products.
In a tit-for-tat filing made late last week, Apple asked the U.S. District Court in San Jose to add the Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S III with Android 4.1, Galaxy S III mini, Samsung Rugby Pro, Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 to its patent infringement lawsuit against the South Korean company.
“Apple has acted quickly and diligently to determine that these newly-released products do infringe many of the same claims already asserted by Apple,” the company said in the filing.
Assuming that the presiding judge grants Apple’s motion, and Samsung’s as well, the two companies’ dueling suits will be pretty much up to date, given their respective product lines. Thing is, this case isn’t scheduled to go to trial till March 2014, at which point there may be some entirely new devices to add. So expect another update or two to the case’s infringement contentions before it actually goes to trial. And remember that, with each one, the revenue base against which the companies are claiming damages increases.
That might not mean much for Samsung; Apple’s iOS product line is relatively small, and may not see another update before the case goes to trial. But Samsung’s product line is quite a bit broader, and forthcoming updates to it may give Apple additional opportunity to expand its claims against the company.
Apple’s filing comes about three months after a U.S. jury found Samsung guilty of infringement, and ordered it to pay the iPhone maker $1.05 billion in damages.