Korea's Samsung Electronics has successfully added Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPhone 5 to its list of devices which it claims have infringed on its patents.
Now the company wants the new iPads, including the iPad Mini and the iPod Touch added as well to the list.
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Just before Thanksgiving Samsung filed a motion in a U.S. Court to include Apple's recently launched iPad 4, iPad Mini and the iPod Touch as well saying that all these devices were also violating its patents.
“Good cause exists to amend Samsung’s contentions because Apple’s new products were not yet available when Samsung submitted its original contentions on June 15, 2012 or its first Motion to supplement its infringement contentions on October 1, 2012,” Samsung said in its motion.
“… The iPod Touch 5, iPad 4, and iPad Mini have the same accused functionality as the versions of the iPod Touch and iPad that are already part of this case. As such, the proof of infringement of the patents-in-suit by the iPod Touch 5, iPad 4, and iPad Mini will be substantially the same as for other Apple devices already accused of infringement in this litigation.”
AllThingsD said that U.S. Magistrate Paul Grewal seemed inclined to grant Samsung's appeal. In fact last week, he said as much to Apple, which was opposing the inclusion of the iPhone 5.
“Given the early stage of this litigation and the reasoning of this order, the court notes that Apple should think twice before opposing similar amendments reflecting other newly released products — e.g. the iPad 4 and iPad mini — that Samsung may propose in the near future.”