It looks like Samsung and Apple battle will just go on and on not just in smartphone market, but also in legal board rooms. After Apple, now it is Samsung's turn to take its revenge on the Cupertino-giant as the South Korean giant has filed a new patent infringement case against Apple over the recently released iPhone 5 smartphone.
Samsung Electronics has already filed a document with the U.S. Federal Court San Jose, California, on September 19, stating that it plans to include iPhone 5 in its lawsuit against the Cupertino giant.
Samsung appeared firm on pursuing iPhone 5 as the document filed reportedly stated Samsung "plans to file a motion to amend its infringement contentions to address iPhone 5 as soon as it has had a reasonable opportunity to analyze the device," Florian Mueller, intellectual property expert noted in his blog post on Foss Patents.
However the latest developments are unlikely to affect the sales of Apple’s iPhone as it is launched in nine more countries till now. The list of countries includes Australia, Canada, France, and Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, UK and US. Apple will release its iPhone 5 devices across the retail stores in 22 more countries by next week.
With Samsung filing the case against Apple in US, the company can actually seek ban on iPhone 5. But the fact is that both Samsung and Apple are yet to win such a verdict in their favor in almost 50 lawsuits which are being contested over patent infringements on smartphones and tablet computers filed against each other in nine countries. Samsung issued a statement in Seoul stating, “Under these circumstances, we have little choice but to take steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights.”
Apple however declined to comment about the latest court filing and statement from Samsung. However one of the Apple officials stated that competitors should innovate without copying the patents.
The current lawsuit pertains to the case filed in February 2012. In the case that went on trial in August, a jury found Samsung guilty of infringing six Apple patents and ordered payment of over $1 billion. However, Samsung is appealing against jury verdict.
According to the reports, the next hearing on the current lawsuit is scheduled for September 26 when attorneys for the two companies contend their case. Further, the trial is likely to be held in March 2014.