Samsung says it will add iPhone 5 to legal battle

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In an almost totally unsurprising move Samsung has said in court documents filed today that there is a high probability that they will be adding the iPhone 5 to the existing patent lawsuit between Apple and the Korean company.

There is speculation that such a move may lead to a preliminary injunction against Apple’s newly-revealed handset though some reports are saying that Samsung’s move, should it happen, is unlikely to affect Apple’s sales.

Reuters reports that a portion of Samsung’s court filing in the US today reads: “Samsung anticipates that it will file, in the near future, a motion to amend its infringement contentions to add the iPhone 5 as an accused product.” Samsung suspects that the iPhone 5 will be found to infringe the same patents that other Apple devices are accused of using without permission.

In a separate statement today Samsung said:

Apple continues to take aggressive legal measures that will limit market competition. Under these circumstances, we have little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights.”

It would seem that, despite the company’s recent courtroom loss, Samsung is not going to be backing away from litigation against Apple.

Source: Reuters via CNET

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