Apple versus Samsung: everything infringes everything
Babies and bathwater
With Samsung seeking last week to widen its patent claim against Apple to include the iPad Mini, iPad 4 and iPod Touch 5, Cupertino has predictably responded in kind, expanding its own claims.
In this filing, Samsung asked a magistrate to approve its new claims that the three Apple devices infringe the same patent, US 7,672,470, as it was already complaining about in its existing lawsuit against Apple.
Hence the latest Apple riposte, reported by Reuters here. Cupertino wants six products added to its complaint against Samsung: the Galaxy Note II, Galaxy SIII, Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Galaxy SIII Mini and Samsung Rugby Pro.
Samsung is hoping for a reversal of its earlier fortunes in the US courts, which have seen it hit with a $1.05 billion jury verdict against the South Korean vendor.
While neither vendor appears to hold a patent for the kitchen sink – nor even an application, something of a surprise to The Register – the prolonged and bitter dispute between the two has started to strain their other business relationships.
Samsung recently hiked the price of processors it sells to Cupertino, and according to a Chinese newswire, Yicai.com, the South Korean vendor has stopped selling batteries to Apple. That’s sent Apple off to alternative vendors ATL and Tianjin Lishen Battery, according to this note on Brightwire. ®
according to apple at this point anything that is better and has more market share infringes on their product some how. They got a patent called "successful smartphone". they can't stand fact they are getting owned in the market and they whole business model of minor upgrades every 6-12 months and make it so after 2 years its completely dropped from support is hurting them. They only have litigation left.
Re: That alternative battery decision, just out of spite...
"Would you continue to give a company proven to have no ethics and bent on destroying your business a supply contract for the explosive parts of your products?" <--- no ethic's sounds very much like Apple and their use of patents even they are are purely bogus and trying to get a competitor banned from the market.
"You claim Apple does this yet don't seem to care that Samsung widened their claim to take an the iPad and other devices?" - in reaction to apple's injunction attempt should be noted. from what i could tell they were the first ones to swing the injunction hammer. i would say samsung are simply defending themselves. lets not forget, whilst there has always been plenty of lawsuit action going on in the tech world it was apple who escalated things to the ridiculous headline grabbing scale we are now facing. if you want to blame someone for this you should look at the fruit logo firm.