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.