Apple adds Samsung Galaxy S III phone in patent suit

CAT FIGHT::Samsung said it plans to take the ‘necessary legal measures’ to keep its flagship device in US stores and that Apple is seeking to ‘limit consumer choice’


Sun, Sep 02, 2012 - Page 13

Apple Inc, accusing Samsung Electronics Co of flooding the market with “copycat products,” added the Galaxy S III smartphone to a list of products that it says infringe Apple patents.

Apple’s revised a complaint filed on Friday in federal court in San Jose, California, follows a US$1.05 billion jury verdict against Samsung on Aug. 24.

The jury, in a separate case in the same court, found that Samsung infringed six of seven Apple patents at stake in the trial. In that case, Apple seeks a US sales ban on eight Samsung smartphone models and a tablet computer.


Apple, in Friday’s filing, alleges Samsung continues to “flood the market with copycat products.”

The maker of the iPhone has made similar allegations in the follow-on case before. In Friday’s filing, Apple said Samsung has sold infringing products through last month, including its “current flagship device, the Galaxy S III” smartphone.

US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose ruled on Tuesday that Apple’s request for a permanent ban on US sales of eight Samsung mobile devices is to be considered at a Dec. 6 hearing.

The judge scheduled a hearing on Samsung’s request to lift a preliminary sales ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 computer for Sept. 20, if she deems it necessary. Apple this week has contested the dates in court filings.


Samsung, which denied Apple’s infringement claims in a court filing in April, said in a statement yesterday that it will take the “necessary legal measures” to keep its products available in the US, charging Apple with seeking to “limit consumer choice.”

In its revised complaint, Cupertino, California-based Apple seeks a finding that the products infringe its patents and an order barring Samsung from further infringement, plus monetary damages.