Launch a consumer electronics product these days and within a couple of weeks you can probably expect a legal challenge. That’s exactly what has happened to Apple with the iPad Mini — because Samsung claims the tablet infringes its patents.
In fact, it goes even further than that, reports The Verge. That whole raft of new Apple products — the iPad Mini, iPad, new iPod touch — have all been fingered as infringing on patents that are already being discussed in Samsung and Apple’s long and continuing legal battles.
The products won’t be included in the second Sammy-Apple lawsuit — a follow-up to the one won by Apple earlier this year — until they’re approved by a US magistrate. One thing is for certain, however: any new Samsung products will likely be added to the case in an instant too. [US DIstrict Court via The Verge]