In a recent court filing, Apple extended its ongoing litigation struggle with Samsung, adding the company’s recently released Galaxy S4 to the list of devices Apple says infringe on its patented designs. The addition of the Galaxy S4 to the list of infringing products will require the removal of one of the 22 other Samsung devices on the list. That list includes Samsung’s better selling products such as the Galaxy Note line, the Galaxy S II and Galaxy S III. It also happens to include a range of other Samsung devices, ones that presumably haven’t sold nearly as well.
Samsung launched the Galaxy S4 just weeks ago in its latest attempt to knock Apple from the top of the smartphone profitability charts. The new flagship model has been deemed to be a large refinement of the widely popular Galaxy S3 but Samsung seems to be pushing a larger marketing campaign in order to take the top spot in the industry.
According to Apple’s filing regarding the new Samsung device:
Based on Apple’s analysis of the Galaxy S4, Apple has concluded that it is an infringing device and accordingly intends to move for leave to add the Galaxy S4 as an infringing product. Upon the grant of such motion, Apple will eliminate (without prejudice) one of the Accused Products named herein, so that it will continue to accuse only 22 products of infringement at this stage of the litigation.
As of right now, the judge presiding over the case has ordered that the trial be put on hold until an appeals court hands down a ruling pertaining to the original Apple vs. Samsung court trial. The original trial is the case in which Apple won a $1.5 billion judgment against Samsung. Proceedings of for the new trial are expected to begin in March 2014 so we’ll have to wait to see what happens.
Source: The Verge