Samsung alleges iPhone 5 violates eight patents; hearing set for 2014
Samsung, in its ongoing war with Apple, has asked to include the iPhone 5 on a list of devices they claim violates its own patents. According to details listed on USA Today and IBTimes, Samsung alleges that the iPhone 5 infringes on six design patents and a pair of standard patents. What’s more, they also suggest that previous models of the phone, as well as the iPad and iPod Touch also violate the same patents.
“We have always preferred to compete in the marketplace with our innovative products, rather than in courtrooms. However, Apple continues to take aggressive legal measures that will limit market competition. Under these circumstances, we have little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights.” – Samsung
Don’t look for this to get resolved any time soon as the trial is not set to get underway until 2014. That is, of course, provided the two don’t come to some out-of-court agreement. As most of you know, Apple recently won a judgement in excess of $1 billion against Samsung. While that gets sorted out and goes through the appeals process, we suspect we’ll see more companies rallying around their own patents.