iPhone 5 added to the upcoming Apple patent infringement suit by Samsung

The patent battle between Samsung and Apple has been going on for a few years now in various countries, and it looks like the battle is never going to end. Both the companies are releasing new smart phones regularly and each company is adding the other’s smart phones into the patent suit, making the list of devices grow longer. This has happened again.

The two companies released a new flagship device recently. The South Korean Android smart phone giant, Samsung released the flagship device, Galaxy S III some time back. Even though the device is pretty old, Apple had not added the smart phone to its list of Samsung devices until recently.

And when the Cupertino tech giant, Apple, announced its newest smart phone last month, Samsung said that it would add the iPhone 5 to the list of Apple devices that Samsung claims to have infringed its own patents. But the company said it would do so only when it had enough time to go through the new device thoroughly. And it looks like the company did all its work on the iPhone 5, as it has now officially added the new iPhone 5 to the list of Apple devices which have infringed its patents.

Samsung claims that a few of Apple’s devices, including the new iPhone 5, have infringed the many wireless communication patents that the company holds. “We have little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights,” Samsung said in a statement obtained by Reuters.

The hearing of this lawsuit is scheduled to happen in 2014, that’s more than a year away. And  I guess we will be seeing the two companies add many more devices to the list till then. Even though Apple releases only one smart phone a year, Samsung, on the other hand, easily releases at least two major flagship devices a year.

Even though Samsung released the new Galaxy Note II last month, Apple has not yet added this. Instead, the Cupertino tech giant has added the relatively old first generation Galaxy Note, and the fairly new Galaxy S III to its list.

Source: Apple Insider

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