Samsung Files Lawsuit Against iPhone 5

Samsung has filed a lawsuit against Apple's iPhone 5 over the alleged patent infringements in the latest iDevice.

The South Korean conglomerate said in a statement that “we have little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights”. The lawsuit itself is scheduled to go to trial sometime during 2014.

Bloomberg said Samsung began its investigation of the smartphone as the soon as the iPhone 5 launched on September 21.

Meanwhile, FOSS Patents reports that the firm asked the court to add the iPhone 5 to its lawsuit already underway in U.S. Federal Court. Samsung says the device infringes upon a total of six utility patents in addition to two standards essential patents.

The complete court filing documents Samsung arguing that “the iPhone 5 has the same accused functionality as the previously accused versions of the iPhone, so the proof of infringement of the patents-in-suit by the iPhone 5 is the same as for other Apple devices already accused of infringement in this litigation”.

Earlier today, Apple also suffered a legal setback with a sales ban against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 being overturned. That said, Apple has, of course, been awarded over $1 billion in damages, which saw a judge ruling that Samsung infringed upon several patents belonging to the former.


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  • victorious 3930k
    2014? The iPhone5 will be so irrelevant then.
  • wcnighthawk
    "2014? The iPhone5 will be so irrelevant then."

    Doesn't matter, iPhone6-10 will all be the same thing anyways. So it will all be relevant :p And it's about time Samsung swung back.
  • kartu
    internetladApple sues.BOO HISS DOWN WITH APPLESamsung sues.YEAH GO SAMSUNG YOU GET EM TIGER.Seriously, i'm by no means an apple fan. Far from it.This pissing match just has to stop.

    Apple sues for:
    pitch to zoom (was there YEARS ago)
    rectangular shape rounded corners (facepalm)
    slide to unlock (yeah)
    bounce back on scroll (very frucking innovative indeed)

    Samsung sues for:
    core HARDWARE tech developed at Samsung, part of it has become standard and has to be offered at FRAND terms.

    See the difference?
    Oh, and about FRAND. Big boys gathered and decided to play nicely. Then comes Apple, enjoys FRAND terms (even trying NOT to pay freaking 6$ for a HUGE BUNCH of hardware patents, pisses off Motorola) then asks 30$ (yes, 30 freaking bucks per device for crappy "patents" I've listed above).

    Does that sound right to you?
    Still wondering, why all the hate? Let me copy paste a great post from slashdot for you:

    You're seeing the little picture. Step back and see the big picture.

    This is not and never was about any particular issue that Apple is suing anyone over in any particular court.

    The recent Samsung case is not about Trade Dress (eg, Rounded Corner rectangles, etc). Other Apple lawsuits are not about the specific claims Apple is complaining about (eg, bouncy scrolling, pinch to zoom, searching more than one database at a time, etc).

    For example, Samsung specifically designed a phone (Galaxy S 3) to avoid any kind of trade dress lawsuit. So what did Apple do? Sue over some other equally trivial issue.

    What this is really about is that Apple doesn't want any competition. Apple feels like the entire Smartphone industry is God's Exclusive Gift to Apple by Divine Right. Apple should never have to license others' patents, even at standard rates, because Apple is special. Never mind that others have been in the business for decades. Apple should have it all now because Apple wants it all.

    This is not your dad's Apple Computer anymore. This is a monopolist wannabe monster that is as bad or worse than Microsoft ever was.

    I wouldn't care if Apple just wanted to have their walled garden, sell lots of toys, make boatloads (and more boatloads) of money, and leave me alone. But no, Apple wants to force me to buy their product and only their product. I can't have one of the over 4,000 Android devices that come in every size, shape, color, style and price from lots of manufacturers and on ever mobile network. So now that Apple wants to affect me, I suddenly care passionately, just like I did once with Microsoft.

    How much is enough Apple? What do you want? Blood? Would that satisfy you? Aren't you successful enough to just leave everyone else alone?
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  • victorious 3930k
    2014? The iPhone5 will be so irrelevant then.
  • templinc
    victorious 3930k2014? The iPhone5 will be so irrelevant then.

    While it may be irrelevant to devices that will be out in the year 2014, it will certainly be relevant in the fact that being the fastest selling iPhone to date, there are plenty of damages to be collected on by Samsung should Samsung prevail.
  • Neverdyne
    victorious 3930k2014? The iPhone5 will be so irrelevant then.

    But the money they could gain from the trail will not!