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Samsung adds the Iphone 5 to patent lawsuit

Wants the handset banned in the US
Tue Oct 02 2012, 11:15
Apple iPhone 5 black

AS EXPECTED, Samsung has added the Iphone 5 to the list of Apple devices it wants banned in the US.

Samsung filed the motion on Monday, alleging that Apple's Iphone 5 infringes eight of its patents including those relating to wireless data technology.

Samsung's updated filing reads, "Samsung obtained an Iphone 5 on September 21, 2012, and immediately began investigating whether the Iphone 5 practiced its patented technologies.

"One week later, on September 28, 2012, Samsung provided Apple with its proposed amendments to its infringement contentions, to include the Iphone 5, and informed Apple that it would be filing the present motion on October 1.

"Apple did not indicate position on the motion prior to filing."

This move doesn't come as much of a surprise, as Samsung made a request to take down the Iphone 5 towards the end of September, before the handset had even arrived in the hands of consumers.

"We have always preferred to compete in the marketplace with our innovative products, rather than in courtrooms," a Samsung spokesperson told The INQUIRER.

"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."

This follows the news that Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 has gone back on sale in the US, with the US court ruling that the Samsung tablet did not infringe the design of the Apple Ipad.

Apple was unavailable for comment at the time of writing. µ


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