As noted by FOSS Patents, Samsung has filed a lawsuit against the iPhone 5 by adding it to list of devices alleged to infringe on 8 Samsung patents, part of an existing claim against Apple being held in the San Jose federal court:
Samsung seeks an order granting it leave to amend its infringement contentions pursuant to Patent L.R. [Local Rules] 3-6 to allege infringement by the iPhone 5.
Numerous reports leading up to the launch of the iPhone 5 noted Samsung was ready to immediately target Apple’s latest iPhone. FOSS Patents reports the Suwon, South Korea based company informed the court of its intent in a separate filing on September 20th, the even of the iPhone 5 launch.
From today’s filing:
“as soon as [the] iPhone 5 was available for purchase, Samsung began its investigation of the product and within a week “determined that the iPhone 5 practiced its patented technologies”
Samsung says that “[t]he 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”.
Reuters reports Samsung has released the following statement:
“…we have little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights.”
One of the patents in question are related to LTE networking, which Samsung earlier warned they would sue over if the iPhone 5 supported the faster networking. The iPhone 5 launched with LTE networking. Apple acquired 318 LTE patents earlier this year and holds 4.9% of total LTE patents compared to the top 10 patent holders.
What do you think? Are you ready for another epic courtroom battle?