Member access

4-Traders Homepage  >  Shares  >  KOREA EXCHANGE  >  Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.    005930   KR7005930003

SummaryNewsCalendarCompanyFinancialsConsensusRevisions 

U.S. Judge Allows Samsung to Add iPhone 5 in Lawsuit

11/15/2012 | 10:55pm US/Eastern
Recommend:
0

Samsung Electronics Co. (>> Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.) was granted permission by a U.S. judge Thursday to include Apple's iPhone 5 in its litigation against the California company, escalating the patent dispute between the two companies.

According to court documents, U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal accepted Samsung's revised petition to amend its infringement contentions to include Apple's latest smartphone, which is seeing strong demand from consumers globally.

Separately, the judge also accepted Apple's motion to amend its lawsuit to include new Samsung products including the Galaxy Note 10.1, the U.S. version of Samsung's popular smartphone, the Galaxy S III and the Jelly Bean operating system.

Apple first sued Samsung early last year alleging that the South Korean company copied the design and the feel of its iPhone and iPad tablet computer. Samsung counter sued, alleging that Apple violated Samsung's telecommunications patents. Since then, the two companies have been battling it out in courts world-wide accusing one another of patent violations, with more than 50 different cases in about 10 countries including South Korea, Germany, the Netherlands and Australia.

In August, Apple won the first U.S. case, with a judge ordering Samsung to pay the U.S. company $1.05 billion in damages. Samsung is in the midst of appealing the ruling. The current case isn't set to go to trial until 2014.

"Apple should think twice before opposing similar amendments reflecting other newly related products--the iPad 4 and iPad mini--that Samsung may propose in the near future," the judge wrote in the court filing.

The battle for dominance in the smartphone market is heating up. In the third quarter, Samsung's smartphone market share rose to 31.3% from 22.7% a year earlier, according to market research firm IDC. Apple trailed in second place with market share of 15%, which rose from 13.8% a year earlier.

Samsung and Apple can now seek sales bans of the products before the latest cases go to trial. However, neither was successful in getting a meaningful ban on the other in the first U.S. case.

Samsung said it had sold 30 million Galaxy S III smartphones as at the end of October, just five months after its introduction. Meanwhile, Apple is struggling to meet demand for iPhone 5s as well as supplier issues. In September, when Apple first began selling the new smartphone, the company said initial supplies sold out. First weekend sales were a record.

A Samsung spokesman said the company didn't immediately have comment, while an Apple declined to comment.

Write to Yun-Hee Kim at yun-hee.kim@wsj.com

Subscribe to WSJ: http://online.wsj.com?mod=djnwires

Stocks mentioned in the article : Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Recommend :
0
React to this article
Latest news on SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., L
1d ago SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS : More Samsung UHD TV products in the pipeline
1d ago SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS : More Samsung UHD TV products in the pipeline
1d ago Google job is Disney world
2d agoDJSamsung Executive Testifies in Patent Case Against Apple
2d ago SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS : presents its Galaxy S5 smartphone in Tashkent
2d ago SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS : Unveils Galaxy S5 in Kenya - What Are the Key Upgrades?
2d ago ANADIGICS : Powers Samsung GALAXY S 5 on Verizon Wireless
2d ago GLOBE TELECOM : SingTel Group and Samsung to accelerate mobile data growth in em..
2d ago SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS : Brings Galaxy S5 and New Gear Devices to Global Market
2d ago SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS : Mobile Links with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to Spark Y..
Advertisement
Dynamic quotes  
ON
| OFF