GADGET DESIGNER Apple has been told that it cannot add the Galaxy S4 to its ongoing patent lawsuit against Samsung.
In May, Apple sought to add the Samsung Galaxy S4 to its second patent lawsuit, which also involves the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, claiming that the device infringes its iOS user interface patents. To do so, Apple agreed to drop its claims against another one of the 22 Samsung products involved in the lawsuit.
This decision was handed down by US Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal on Thursday, who said that adding the Samsung Galaxy S4 to the lawsuit would go against Judge Lucy Koh's previous instructions to minimise the scope of the ongoing case.
Grewal said, "Each time these parties appear in the courtroom, they consume considerable amounts of the court's time and energy, which takes time away from other parties who also require and are entitled to the court's attention."
"Judge Koh has been explicit with both parties that this case must be streamlined, which requires reducing the number of products and patents at issue - not increasing them.
"The number of products may be the same, but as the court described, the potential disputes revolving around Galaxy S4 are greater than whatever product it will replace because of its late addition," he added.
The second patent infringement lawsuit between Apple and Samsung is set to kick off in February 2014.
Apple said it would not be commenting, and Samsung wasn't immediately available for comment. µ