GADGET DESIGNER Apple has unsurprisingly added the Samsung Galaxy S4 to its second patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung.
According to a court filing with the US District Court in San Jose, California, Apple has added the Samsung Galaxy S4 to the list of 22 products that it claims infringe its iOS user interface patents. This sees the latest flagship Samsung smartphone joining the Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Note 2 handsets, which all potentially face being banned if Apple is victorious.
The court document reads, "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."
However, if the court lets Apple add the Galaxy S4 to its case, it will have to take one of the Samsung devices it's accusing off the list to keep the number at 22. Apple has yet to reveal which device it will remove from the list.
"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."
By next February, however, the firm will have to reduce this list to just 10 devices. Samsung will have to reduce the number of Apple products it is going after to 10 devices also, with its list presently including products ranging across Apple's iPhone, iPod, iPad and Mac lines.
The second patent infringement lawsuit between Apple and Samsung is set to kick off in February 2014.
Neither Apple nor Samsung were immediately available for comment. µ