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Apple adds six more devices to Samsung patent suit

26 Nov 2012
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Apple has added six more devices to its patent suit against rival Samsung in a court in San Jose as there appears to be no let-up in the on-going patent spat between the two firms.

Apple has asked the court to add Samsung's Galaxy S3 running Android Jelly Bean, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, the Rugby Pro, and the Galaxy S3 Mini to its patent infringement case, according to Reuters.

"Apple has acted quickly and diligently to determine that these newly-released products do infringe many of the same claims already asserted by Apple," Apple is reported to have said in its filing.

Apple and Samsung were asked for comment on the latest filings but had not replied at the time of publication.

The courts in San Jose ordered Samsung to pay Apple $1bn for separate patent infringements, and while that decision is currently being appealed, the courts are also considering a second case, to which the latest batch of products could be added to.

Samsung has denied Apple's claims and countered with its own set, arguing that Apple's iPhone and iPad infringe various patents it holds.

Earlier this month, a US judge allowed Samsung to add the iPhone 5 to its case.

While there appears to be little chance that Apple and Samsung will back away from the scores of patent abuse cases currently being examined by courts across the globe, Apple has made peace with one Android handset maker, HTC.

The two reached a hush-hush 10-year licensing deal earlier this month. But while Apple and HTC have been keen to keep the terms of the agreement under wraps, Samsung has also used the courts to force the firms to spill the beans.

Samsung believes the terms of the peace deal may have implications for its various patent disputes with Apple.

The addition of the Note 2 to the lawsuit comes after Samsung announced it has sold five million units of the device since it was launched.

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