We certainly saw this coming. According to the FOSS Patents blog, run by patent expert Florian Müeller, Apple has decided to add the Galaxy S4 flagship smartphone to its patent infringement case against Samsung Electronics, while also dropping another product. The parties are expected to narrow their lists of the patent-infringing products. Currently, there are 22 gizmos each on their respective lists…
FOSS Patents has the story:
Late on Monday, Apple and Samsung submitted statements in response to Judge Koh’s April 24, 2013 order to narrow their second California case. Narrowing will occur in several steps until the spring 2014 trial.
Ultimately, by February 6, 2014, the parties will have to limit their asserted patents claims to five (per side) and their accused products to ten (per side).
Apple wrote in court documents it will drop another Samsung device from its list of 22 accused products once it has permission to add the Galaxy S4 to this litigation.
Apple’s list currently includes the Samsung Admire, Captivate Glide, Conquer 4G, Dart, Exhibit II 4G, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 10.1, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Player 4.0, Galaxy Player 5.0, Galaxy Rugby Pro, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Illusion, Stratosphere and Transform Ultra devices.
On Samsung’s list of allegedly infringing Apple products: the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini, iPod Touch (5th generation), iPod Touch (4th generation), iPod Touch (3rd generation), MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro, iTunes (including iTunes Match), iCloud, Apple TV (3rd generation) and Apple TV (1st generation).
The trial is some ten months out.
Samsung, in the meantime, continues to advertise its flagship device against Apple.
The S4 was recently cleared for government use, becoming the first Android smartphone to win such an approval from the United States Department of Defense.
Apple’s iOS devices are expected to gain a DoD approval soon.