Samsung has added the iPhone 5 to its list of Apple devices that it claims violates US patents it owns.
According to reports yesterday, Samsung said it had amended its earlier filing against Apple to include the new device. Samsung had originally filed the complaint against Apple on 15 June 2012, alleging that the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad violated two of its standards patents for mobile broadband, as well as six feature patents.
Samsung has stated in its filing that it has good reasons to include Apple's latest flagship device as the iPhone 5 was released only on 12 September.
According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, "the case in which Samsung added the iPhone 5 claims is scheduled for trial in 2014".
So what are the patents that Samsung claims the iPhone 5 is infringing upon? Here's a quick look. You can click on the links given at the end to know more about each patent.
Patent No 7,756,087: This one deals with mobile communication systems using an enhanced uplink dedicated transport channel which transmits data at a relatively low effective data rate through non-scheduled transmission. For more details click here.
Patent No 7,551,596: Method and apparatus for signaling control information of uplink packet data service in mobile communication system. For more details click here.
Patent No 7,672,470: Audio/video device having a volume control function for an external audio reproduction unit via a remote controller. For more details click here.
Patent No 7,577,757: Multimedia synchronization in a device. Audio, video, and photographic information including content information and content management information, relating to at least one user, are thus stored in a digital form via this system. For more details click here.
Patent No 7,232,058: This deals with how a bunch of data is displayed on a relatively small display screen. For more details click here.
Patent No 6,292,179: This is how the OS keyboard reacts to a stylus being used on the touchscreen and the methods via which it recognises key code when using a stylus. For more details click here.
Patent No 6,226,449: This one deals with recording and reproducing digital image and speech. For more details click here.
Patent No 5,579,239: This one deals with video transmission system. For more details click here.
In the filing Samsung has also alleged infringement by Apple’s Mac, Mac Mini, MacPro, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, and Apple TV products, but those products are relevant if they are components of an accused system that also includes the iPhone 5.
Looks like this Apple-Samsung battle is not going to end. Samsung said in its official statement yesterday, “We have always preferred to compete in the marketplace with our innovative products, rather than in courtrooms. However, Apple continues to take aggressive legal measures that will limit market competition.”
It seems that Samsung is blaming Apple for starting this legal mess.