It’s been nearly a year now since Apple filed its original patent infringement suit against Samsung, and the battle is still far from over. In fact, Apple has just filed a new set of lawsuits against the Korean manufacturer.

Bloomberg is reporting that Apple has just filed two new design-related lawsuits against Samsung in Germany’s Dusseldorf Regional Court. The suits call out several Samsung products including 10 smartphones, and 5 tablets…

As you may recall, Apple has already won an injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Germany. Samsung has appealed the ban and is currently awaiting a decision from the court, which should fall in the next two weeks.

The new lawsuits, however, go beyond Samsung’s tablets. Apple believes that 10 of Samsung’s smartphones are also infringing upon at least two of its European Union-wide design rights.

As FOSSPatents points out, these design-related lawsuits are different than the previous technical-related ones that Apple has filed against Samsung. With technical-related suits, the end-game is fairly obvious: the infringing party either changes the product to remove the infringing components, or some type of licensing agreement is reached. But in design-related lawsuits, the end-game is not so clear. It appears that Apple won’t be satisfied until Samsung makes some drastic design changes.

The worst part is that the actual trials for the above-mentioned lawsuits aren’t expected to take place until this Fall. Great, another year of the top two smartphone manufacturers in the world bickering.

  • Anonymous

    All I can say about this is “…”.

  • the customers dont care about this shit but i can see a similarity over the design

  • *sigh*. My future career is definitely not gonna be a smartphone maker.

  • And this is why im ordering an s2 by friday and selling the iphone to never look back

    • Jon Garrett

      you might want to wait a bit. supposedly there’s a new Galaxy S II coming out with a 720p display. also the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Note is coming to AT&T by February if you can wait that long.

      • Im in sweden. Both nexus and note are already avaible for me. Bot the note is to big for my taste and the nexus cost to much. Yeah i saw that the “lte hd” version might become avaible in europe. But that was mostly rumors. The s2 is at a low price overe here. Plus my provider has it on sale. So its half price. Gonna hit that.

  • Jon Garrett

    last time apple pulled this stunt, Samsung saw record sales. its like whenever Samsung launches or prepares to launch a new product, apple responds with a lawsuit. the Galaxy Note and the Tab 7.7 about to hit the states soon and here comes the lawsuits.

  • Apple user’s don’t care about any legal or lawsuit producer as Apple is the only thing which is amazing and excellent to use as gadget. Even though thanks for sharing with US!

  • Joe Rossignol


  • This is awkward, since Apple & Samsung go co-op in iPad 3 production. 😐