San Francisco: Samsung Electronics can add the iPhone 5 to its patent-infringement claims against Apple, and Apple can add infringement claims against the Samsung Galaxy Note, the US version of the Galaxy S III and the Jelly Bean operating system, a federal judge ruled.
The addition of the Jelly Bean operating system is limited to the software for Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, US Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal ruled on Thursday.
The decision came in a second patent lawsuit between the two mobile device giants pending in San Jose, California. In an earlier lawsuit that went to trial in July, a jury found that Samsung infringed six of seven Apple patents at issue and awarded $1.05 billion in damages. "Apple should think twice before opposing similar amendments reflecting other newly released products, e.g. the iPad 4 and the iPad mini, that Samsung may propose in the future," Grewal said in the ruling.
The world's two biggest makers of high-end phones have accused each other of copying designs and technology for mobile devices and are fighting patent battles on four continents to retain their dominance in the $219 billion global smartphone market. The second US lawsuit, scheduled for trial in 2014, targets iPhones, iPad and iPod Touch devices and 19 Samsung devices, according to court filings. Both companies sought to add additional devices that came to market after the lawsuit was initially filed.
Samsung in August began US sales of the Galaxy Note 10.1, equipped with a stylus a feature Apple's iPad doesn't offer, and which builds on Samsung's Galaxy Note 5.3, a similarly stylus-equipped smartphone that came out earlier this year. Jelly Bean is Google's latest version of the Android operating system that runs on Samsung mobile devices as well as Google's Nexus 7 handheld computer, which was released in June.