Several Apple and Samsung products have been approved to be included in a lawsuit between the two rivals.
U.S. magistrate judge Paul Grewal granted motions from both companies that adds Apple's iPhone 5, the U.S. model of the Galaxy S3, Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 and Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS in relation to the Galaxy Nexus smartphone.
Apple had previously stressed that it would add the latter two to its ongoing lawsuit against the South Korean technology giant, which could ultimately see Google appearing in court to defend its mobile operating system.
Apple is now accusing Samsung that 19 of its devices are infringing eight of its patents. The case, separate from the August one which saw Apple being awarded $1.05 billion, is due to go to trial during March, 2014.
Both firms still have time to add other devices into the lawsuit. However, Grewal warned Apple that it should not try to block Samsung to do exactly that.
"Given the early stage of this litigation and the reasoning of this order, the court notes that Apple should think twice before opposing similar amendments reflecting other newly-released products -- e.g. the iPad 4 and iPad Mini -- that Samsung may propose in the near future," Grewal said.