As expected, Samsung has filed a request to have the iPhone 5 added to an existing patent lawsuit that it has waged against Apple in U.S. Federal Court. Samsung believes that the iPhone 5 infringes upon the same eight patents that it found previous iPhone models to be violating. Patent expert Florian Mueller for FOSS Patents shares the details:
Samsung had already informed the court of its intent to attack the iPhone 5 in a September 20 filing, the day before the product started shipping. The October 1 filing now says that “as soon as [the] iPhone 5 was available for purchase, Samsung began its investigation of the product and within a week “determined that the iPhone 5 practiced its patented technologies”.
Samsung says that “[t]he iPhone 5 has the same accused functionality as the previously accused versions of the iPhone, so the proof of infringement of the patents-in-suit by the iPhone 5 is the same as for other Apple devices already accused of infringement in this litigation”.
This trial should not be confused with the landmark jury trial between Apple and Samsung from previous months, as this is a second patent infringement lawsuit that was filed by Apple in February 2012. Apple has found Samsung products, including the Galaxy S III, to be infringing upon several patents that it holds.