Apple targets Galaxy SIII, Note in US patent suit

Summary:Apple has added the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note to its list of Android products that it claims violates Apple's patents.

After securing a major court victory just over a week ago , Apple has amended its filing in another patent suit against Samsung, claiming the Samsung Galaxy SIII and Galaxy Note violates a number of patents held by the Cupertino, California-based tech giant.

Galaxy SIII
(Credit: Samsung )

The filing, first spotted by Apple Insider, was made on Friday and claims that the devices infringe on eight Apple patents, including the universal search patent, slide to unlock, and word completion patents.

Apple is targeting 21 devices released between August 2011 and August 2012: Galaxy S III, Verizon Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II T-Mobile, Galaxy S II AT&T, Galaxy Nexus, Illusion, Captivate Glide, Exhibit II 4G, Stratosphere, Transform Ultra, Admire, Conquer 4G, Dart smartphones, Galaxy Player 4.0, Galaxy Player 5.0, Galaxy Note 10.1, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, and Galaxy Tab 8.9.

Apple in its filing said that, despite the other lawsuit before Judge Lucy Koh, Samsung "continued to flood the market with copycat products," and the lawsuit is seeking to put an end to Samsung's actions.

"Samsung has systematically copied Apple's innovative technology and products, features, and designs, and has deluged markets with infringing devices in an effort to usurp market share from Apple. Instead of pursuing independent product development, Samsung slavishly copied Apple's innovative technology, with its elegant and distinctive user interfaces product design, in violation of Apple's valuable intellectual property rights," Apple said in its filing.

It is unclear whether this new filing will have any impact on the ongoing Australian case. No new filings have been made since August 29, and Apple's Australian spokesperson declined to comment when asked about it by ZDNet.

A hearing on whether the devices will be banned is scheduled to be heard in December . A Samsung executive was reported as saying that the company may even consider altering the functionality of these devices to ensure that they remain on the market in the US.

Amended Galaxy Complaint

Topics: Apple, Patents, Samsung

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