Apple’s hunger for Samsung’s demise seems to have no end. Wasting no time celebrating its $1.05 billion win against Samsung, Apple has amended a previous complaint from a separate case with the same Northern California court. Apple is specifically targetting the Galaxy S III, Verizon Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note, and Galaxy Note 10.1. Originally Apple was seeking a ban on the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S II, and 15 other devices released by Samsung for infringing on a number of Apple’s numerous patents. But now that Samsung has had time to refine its Galaxy line, Apple has returned to the drawing board and found infringements in the new devices.
The new filing made yesterday, according to Apple Insider, brings the number of accused devices up to 21 from the previous 17 submitted back in February. The case will be heard by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, who has already granted Apple an injunction against the Galaxy Nexus, and is expected to see a trial on December 6 of this year. Apple had attempted to seek a ban against the Galaxy S III in June, but the matter was placed on hold due to an overbooked court schedule.
According to Apple’s complaint, the Samsung devices on its list have apparently infringed on eight of Apple’s utility patents. Again, this case shouldn’t be confused with the previous high-profile case between the two hardware behemoths. The major issues stem from Samsung’s alleged duplication of Apple’s slide to unlock feature (similar to a complaint Apple had with Motorola) and a possible copy of Apple’s universal search. It’s unclear whether the universal search function will be considered because Samsung has recently been pulling it from its current collection of devices. Another patent that makes the list is a bit odd to describe, it’s the one that covers clicking on a phone number in an email and having it do something like launching a phone call, for instance. Plus, Apple’s claiming its patent pertaining to word completion has been violated as well.
Apple would definitely benefit from a ban on Samsung’s newest flagships as the South Korean company recently presented itself as a sales threat. Samsung has been turning out some impressive sales numbers from the Galaxy S III in particular, no doubt contributing to its growing lead over Apple. And if sales numbers released from Samsung can be trusted, the Galaxy Note hasn’t been doing too bad for itself either. The amended complaint can be read in full here if you’re so inclined, though we wouldn’t recommend 15 pages of legal jargon as light weekend reading. If you do get through it, however, feel free to brag about it below.
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