According to FOSS Patents’ Florian Mueller, Apple has requested the California court where its second lawsuit against Samsung is filed, to include six additional Samsung products in its list of claims. The motion to add these devices was filed Friday evening, and follows Samsung’s similar request to add the iPad mini, iPad 4 and the iPod touch 5 to its list of claims.
- Samsung Galaxy S III running the new Android Jelly Bean OS
- Samsung Galaxy Note II
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wifi running Android 4.0
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 running Android ICS
- Samsung Rugby Pro
- Samsung Galaxy S III Mini
A few of these products were already in the initial list of infringing devices, but have been updated to newer Android versions since the first filing (specified above). Which factors into Apple’s tactic to include these devices with these versions of Android as part of the suit. From Mueller’s post:
Apple’s motion highlights that all of these products (or product upgrades) were released after the fifth-generation iPod touch Samsung would like to include in this lawsuit, a fact that should make it difficult for the court to allow Samsung the addition of the fifth-generation iPod touch (apparently already released in early October) while denying Apple’s latest proposed additions as untimely.
Mueller notes that the case is scheduled to go on trial in March 2014, a time by which most of these products and their operating system versions would be outdated. So there’s no risk of products from either of these companies getting banned in the near future—at least due to this lawsuit. However, by adding products to the list of claims, both companies hope to increase their damage redressal figures.