Samsung Slams iPhone 5 With Eight Patent Lawsuits
It was only a matter of time. Samsung has officially fulfilled its promises and filed a lawsuit against Apple on the new iPhone 5 for allegedly infringing on eight patents. Samsung threatened to sue Apple last month for patent infringement not long after Apple won one of the biggest patent battles in the tech industry.
Samsung submitted an amendment to a lawsuit that was first filed in April against Apple, adding the iPhone 5 to the list of devices that include the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and the new iPad, all of which have been accused of infringing on Samsung’s patents.
When Samsung first threatened to sue Apple last month for patent infringement, it was assumed to be over the iPhone 5′s use of LTE. While the new iPhone does feature faster 4G wireless networking, which Samsung has a number of patents for, Samsung’s latest lawsuit amendment didn’t even address the LTE patents. A representative from Samsung told CNET that the eight patents include six utility patents and two standard essential patents unrelated to its LTE patent portfolio.
This patent filing has been added at the same time a federal judge issued an order that lifted the three-month-old sales ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the U.S.
Samsung said of the new filing, “we have little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights.” Apple has not yet issued a comment.