Samsung plans to add iPhone 5 to patent war

September 21, 2012
A Samsung phone (R) and an Apple iPhone 4 are shown. South Korea's Samsung Electronics said it was considering adding Apple's new iPhone 5 to a patent infringement case as part of a long-running global legal battle between the rival smartphone giants.

South Korea's Samsung Electronics said Friday it was considering adding Apple's new iPhone 5 to a patent infringement case as part of a long-running global legal battle between the rival smartphone giants.

Samsung officials said the company would look into amending its side of an ongoing in a US court to include the latest Apple gadget, which went on sale across Asia Friday and is due to hit US stores later in the day.

"Our company considers adding Apple's iPhone 5 to the (patent infringement) case... but we cannot say when," a Samsung spokesman told AFP.

"Our decision will be made after our company has analysed the 5 to see what aspects of its device constitutes patent infringement."

South Korea's Yonhap news agency quoted market watchers as saying Samsung may use its long-term evolution (LTE) to attack the —the first Apple phone to use the fourth-generation .

Samsung and Apple—respectively the world's number one and two smartphone makers—have been at loggerheads over dozens of patent lawsuits in 10 nations, accusing each other of copying technologies and designs.

Last month, a California court ordered Samsung to pay $1.05 billion for patent infringement. The South Korean firm has appealed the decision.

Samsung, in a statement late Thursday, accused Apple of continuing to take "aggressive legal measures that will limit market competition".

It added: "Under these circumstances, we have little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights." lim/gh/dan

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5 / 5 (1) Sep 21, 2012
This is, in my opinion, very stupid. Samsung and Apple need to come to an agreement that does not cost the rest of the human race some astronomical legal fees. Remember, the consumer ultimately will pay for all of this.
5 / 5 (1) Sep 21, 2012
Of course it's stupid, but the lawyers and patent officers will profit on it - and just these guys are, who controls the rules in this field. It's the same situation, like with acceptation of cold fusion - just the scientists, who could decide it are the group of people, who is least motivated into it.

We could break this vicious circle just with change of the global rules, but just the lobby which profits from it is what defines these rules in the way, which leads into another and another waves of patent wars. For example the recent change in US patent law enables to patent wheel without any prior art conditions. Of course, such a law will initiate many new patents and patent lawsuits, which will serve as a stable job and salary generator for both patent officers, both patent lawyers, both government officers, who profit from patent fees too.

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