Apple filed motions today in California courts to add Android Jelly Bean to the existing suite against Samsung and the Galaxy Note 10.1.
This case isn’t scheduled to be heard until 2014, so these are really just the opening salvos in a war that is going to take years to work out. From Bloomberg:
Apple Inc. (AAPL) told a judge that Samsung Electronics Co. (005930)’s Galaxy Note 10.1 device infringes its patents, and sought to add the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system to an existing lawsuit against Samsung in California. Apple made the arguments today to U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal in federal court in San Jose. Apple’s bid to expand the lawsuit follows Samsung’s Oct. 1 move to add patent- infringement claims against the iPhone 5 in the same case. Apple won a $1.05 billion jury verdict against Samsung on Aug. 24 in a separate patent case in the same court.
Bringing Jelly Bean into the mix could complicate things for other phone and tablet makers, but that’s a long ways off. By the time this hits the courts, we may very well have interactive iGlasses and wrist wearable video phones, so who can predict what the legal fallout from this move will be in the short term.
Scales of Justice by mikecogh from Flickr.