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Apple Inc expands its patent lawsuit against Samsung


Apple Inc’s newest lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co, set for a hearing on May 2, increases the number of Samsung devices that Apple argues infringe its products.

Apple seeks a court order blocking the alleged infringement in smartphones such as Samsung’s Galaxy S II Skyrocket and Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, which use Google Inc’s Android operating system, and Samsung’s Galaxy 4.0 and 5.0 media players.

In December, Apple lost a similar request for a court order blocking sales of Samsung’s 4G smartphone and Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer. Trial for that case is set for July 30.

“Despite that lawsuit, Samsung has continued to flood the market with copycat products, including at least 18 new infringing products released over the last eight months,” according to the complaint filed on Wednesday in federal court in San Jose, California.

“Samsung has systematically copied Apple’s innovative technology and products, features, and designs, and has deluged markets with infringing devices in an effort to usurp market share from Apple,” according to the complaint.

Samsung’s newer products infringe patents at issue on the previous case, as well as additional patents Apple issued since the earlier case was filed, Apple said.

“Apple is filing this suit to put an end to Samsung’s continued infringement,” the complaint said.

Samsung continues to “assert our intellectual property rights and defend against Apple’s claims,” its Seoul-based spokesman Nam Ki-yung said yesterday.

The two companies have filed at least 30 lawsuits against each other, Samsung said. The conflict began in April last year, when Apple filed the first San Jose lawsuit claiming the South Korean company’s Galaxy devices copied the iPhone and iPad.

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