Cupertino-based technology titan, Apple, filed a motion to add six devices that the South Korean manufacturer, Samsung, built and released recently. The filing of the motion happened on Black Friday evening, evident that the former couldn’t wait ’til Monday to put its new legal strategy into play. But prior to Apple’s request, Samsung also filed a motion adding iPhone 5 to its infringement contentions.
Recently, Judge Grewal also allowed the South Korean to include iPad 4 and iPad Mini while the inclusion of the 5th generation iPod Touch, which was announced on September 12th, is still pending.
Many expected that Apple would use the motion for supplement as a legal strategy. If the court allows Samsung to add iPod Touch 5, it also has to allow the former to add six new Samsung devices, which Apple enumerated as the following:
- Samsung Galaxy S3 running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 2 that was released on October 24th.
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi, which Apple included in its previous infringement contentions.
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 that was released running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
- Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro released on October 21st.
- Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini that was released in the UK on November 8th but has recently been marketed in the US.
The court made it clear it will allow Apple to go after Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean platforms unless they are tied to a device. The tech giant acknowledged such authority and said in a statement on Friday that it “does not seek to accuse the Jelly Bean or the Ice Cream Sandwich platforms operating on any Samsung device.”
The second set of Apple vs Samsung patent war is set on March 2014, apparently, 16 months from now. By that time we might already be seeing Samsung Galaxy S5 and iPhone 6S or 7. This case, however, looks like the previous round and Apple may still have an upper hand on this.
[source: FOSS Patents]