The decision was handed down yesterday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal, who said that adding another Samsung product to the case would be a “tax on the court’s resources,” according to Bloomberg.
Adding another product to the case is a “tax on the court’s resources,” Grewal said in the ruling. “Each time these parties appear in the courtroom, they consume considerable amounts of the court’s time and energy, which takes time way from other parties who also require and are entitled to the court’s attention.”
Apple’s lawyers had their own reply though: Josh Krevitt told the judge that excluding the Samsung Galaxy S4 from the list of products infringing on Apple’s patents would require the Cupertino company to file a new lawsuit, since the “Samsung products covered by the case will be out of date by trial next year.”
Shortly after the Samsung Galaxy S4 was unveiled, the Cupertino company found that the product infringes five Apple patents related to Siri, data sync, and graphic use elements.
The patent lawsuit is scheduled for next spring. Both parties are allowed to list 22 products that infringe on patents. Apple was bidding to include the recently released high-end Android handset among the 22 already listed.