The chief competitor of Apple in the smartphone market, the Korean technology giant Samsung has again taken legal action, this time on the iPhone 5. The new court papers filed alleged that the recently launched device had infringed on eight of the patents of Samsung.
The move came through an amendment to its original lawsuit filed in April against Apple, adding the iPhone 5 to the list of devices that had been alleged to infringe on the patents of Samsung. Other devices included in the suit are the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and “the new iPad.”
The main issue in the patent infringement suit is the alleged use of Samsung’s LTE or “Long Term Evolution” connectivity for the next generation smartphone. The new iPhone 5, after scrutiny, confirmed that it had features similar and/or identical to Samsung’s speedy fourth generation wireless networking system. According to Samsung, there were eight specific patents at issue, amongst them are six utility patents and two standard essential patents which are separate and distinct from its LTE patent portfolio.
In a statement, Samsung said “We have little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights.” The Korean giant also included the iPhone 5 as a federal judge had issued an order that dissolved the three month ban on the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the United States. The order had a stipulation that the dissolution order may be reversed once Samsung has been found innocent on charges of patent infringement on the Apple tablet design, which the latter had patented and was upheld last month in another case between the two consumer electronics firms.