US Judge Grants Apple’s And Samsung’s Requests To Include Newer Devices In Lawsuits

US Judge Grants Apple’s And Samsung’s Requests To Include Newer Devices In Lawsuits

Another day, another trial development.

Today, both Apple and Samsung were given the go ahead to include newer devices in their continuing legal battle over mobile smartphone and tablet supremacy, raising the stakes between the two tech giants. Samsung was granted the ability to include the iPhone 5 in its lawsuit against Cupertino-based Apple.

According to the Wall Street Journal, US Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal accepted Samsung’s revised request, thus allowing the company to attempt to prove infringement against Apple’s newest iPhone, a course of action the Korea-based company announced soon after its own defeat in the case against Samsung by Apple last month.

The jude also accepted Apple’s request to amend its own infringement lawsuit against Samsung to include newer products, including the Galaxy Note 10.1, the Galaxy S III, and the Jelly Bean Android Operating System.

This continues the legal wrangling begun by Apple last year, when the company sued Samsung, alleging that it had copied the iPhone and iPad. Samsung sued right on back, saying that Apple had violated some telecommunication patents of its own. The fight continued in courts across almost ten countries and in over 50 different legal cases, with Apple winning the first US case and awarded a settlement of $1.05 billion, which Samsung is currently appealing.

“Apple should think twice before opposing similar amendments reflecting other newly related products—the iPad 4 and iPad mini—that Samsung may propose in the near future,” wrote Judge Grewal.

The latest development could mean that both companies will be able to seek sales bans on currently shipping products, a tactic that didn’t succeed for either company in the first US trial. Apple and Samsung are titans in the mobile smartphone market, each seeing an increase in US market share.

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