We expected Samsung to put the iPhone 5 on its patent infringement hitlist just after the device came out, and it has. The Korean giant has asked Judge Paul Grewal for the go-ahead to include the iPhone 5 in its latest suit against Apple.
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The company announced just before the iPhone 5 was released that it would add the phone to its suit if it looked like it infringed any Samsung patents. Samsung is now accusing the iPhone 5 of stepping on the same patents that its predecessors did – that is, some 3G standards-essential patents and various feature patents. This is a separate case to the recent spat the two companies had, which won Apple $1 billion-plus in damages. As this is a new case, there’s no reason that Samsung wouldn’t be able to put the iPhone 5 on this list.
This won’t be confirmed, however, until the two companies have had a hearing with Judge Grewal on November 6. In a statement to TheVerge, the Korean company was insistent that it prefers to settle matters like this out of court, but that Apple’s litigious behavior leaves it with “little choice”:
We have always preferred to compete in the marketplace with our innovative products, rather than in courtrooms. However, Apple continues to take aggressive legal measures that will limit market competition. Under these circumstances, we have little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights.