Apparently not content with a $US1 billion verdict in its favour, Apple is trudging ever forward in its patent war against Samsung and this time it’s taking aim at a slew of more current phones including the Galaxy Note and Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III.
The move comes as an addendum to the injunction against the Nexus that popped up a while back, distinctly different from the suit that was settled last week. Apple insists that its suffering irreparable damage from the sale of these devices and that Samsung has “continued to flood the market with copycat products.” The patents Apple is bringing to bear on the 21 additional Samsung phones include classic hits like ’647 “Data Detectors” and ’721 “Slide-to-unlock”.
Apple Insider dug the following text out of the amended complaint:
These infringing Samsung products include the at least 21 new smartphones, media players, and tablets that Samsung has released beginning in August 2011 and continuing through August 2012. Specifically, Samsung has imported into, offered for sale, or sold in the United States at least the following products, each of which infringes Apple’s patent rights: the Galaxy S III, Galaxy S III — Verizon, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II – T-Mobile, Galaxy S II – AT&T, Galaxy Nexus, Illusion, Captivate Glide, Exhibit II 4G, Stratosphere, Transform Ultra, Admire, Conquer 4G, and Dart smartphones, the Galaxy Player 4.0 and Galaxy Player 5.0 media players, and the Galaxy Note 10.1, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablets.
Sure, last week’s verdict was a big win for Apple, but many of the phones included in that case haven’t actually been on sale (or particularly relevant) for a while. Getting shut down on the Galaxy S III or the Note could seriously cramp Samsung’s style. We’ll have to wait and see if the court thinks the direction Samsung’s been heading with its newer phones is sufficiently unique. [Apple Insider via Engadget]