iPhone 5 Added to Samsung vs. Apple Lawsuit
According to Foss Patents, Samsung this week filed a case management statement with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California stating that it believes the iPhone 5 will infringe on 8 of its patents “in the same way as other accused iPhone models.” It also states that it plans to add the iPhone 5 to the list of Apple products it claims infringe on its patents as soon as it can get its hands on the smartphone and examine it.
The document is actually a joint case management conference statement, showing the results of a pre-trial meeting between the judge in the case, Apple lawyers, and Samsung lawyers. Foss provided a screenshot of the portion of the statement in which Samsung announces its intentions to add the iPhone 5 to its claims. The statement reads:
“Samsung anticipates that it will file, in the near future, a motion to amend its infringement contentions to add the iPhone 5 as an accused product. On September 12, 2012, Apple announced that it will release the iPhone 5 on September 21, 2012. Based on information currently available, Samsung expects that the iPhone 5 will infringe the asserted Samsung patents-in-suit in the same way as the other accused iPhone models. Samsung plans to file a motion to amend its infringement contentions to address the iPhone 5 as soon as it has had a reasonable opportunity to analyze the device.”
This all pertains to a different lawsuit than the one that Apple won last month. According to Foss, the trial the statement is a part of is currently scheduled to begin in 2014.