Samsung officially sues Apple over iPhone 5, junction on Galaxy Tab 10.1 is lifted [Apple vs Samsung]

We knew it was coming and it has arrived: Samsung has officially included the iPhone 5 in a lawsuit against Apple. In the lawsuit Samsung alleges the iPhone 5, among other Apple products, infringes on eight Samsung patents. As ArsTechnica points out, two of these patents relate to cell phone standards while six relate smartphone-specific features.

Of course filing a suit is the easy part — winning the suit is where the challenge lies. However, Apple being sued over its latest product is nothing but karma. You see the lawsuit to which Samsung added the iPhone 5 is somewhat a defensive suit; the lawsuit was originally filed by Apple against Samsung in February 2012 and was recently amended to include the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note, and Galaxy Not 10.1. Samsung, obviously counter-sued Apple. If Apple does end up losing the fight, they have no one to blame but themselves.

Then again, Samsung is the one with a losing track record so Cook and co may not be too worried.

On a related but different note, Judge Koh has lifted the sales ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 because the tablet was not found to infringe on any Apple patents in the lawsuit Samsung recently lost. In the face of a $1 billion fine and potential injunction on 20+ products, it is a small victory but a victory nonetheless.

[via ArsTechnica]

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  • mukhi

    @Ashraf: history says american justice system (and, government) has done many things that were not expected given the law and order system average american citizen enjoys. ^_^

  • Ashraf

    @mukhi: Um, that is a very cynical view on the American justice system. :-P
    @Mike: Respectfully, I think that is a terrible idea. Instead of restricting access to courts, we need to fix patent law.

  • Mike

    As a taxpayer and although I support free access to the court system, I am now beginning to wonder if Apple and Samsung should be paying for the court’s resolution of their continuing issues, or should be ordered to private dispute resolution.

  • mukhi

    so the ban was done to give apple a market advantage for some time? how pathetically patriotic!