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Featured: Samsung Goes After iPhone 5 et al Over LTE Patent Infringment

October 2, 2012 - Written By Tom Dawson

By now I should think that it’s relatively clear that there’s no end in sight to this dispute between Samsung and Apple. Especially not with Judge Koh and what seems to be the rest of the US Court system becoming increasingly terse with the whole thing. However, Samsung are ready to strike back. For some time now we’ve all wondered what a company like Samsung – that have been in the LTE game for years now – would do with their patent portfolio on the subject when Apple came to the stage. Now, it looks like we have our answer.

Samsung have added the new iPhone 5 to their list of iDevices that have apparently infringed on eight of their patents when it comes to LTE. The full list of iDevices are as follows:

  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPad 2
  • The “new” iPad
  • iPhone 5

Samsung has filed suit against Apple for eight patents, of which two concern LTE use on the new iPhone 5. Whether or not much will come of this latest strike back from Samsung is unclear but one thing’s for sure – Samsung means business here. When asked for a statement from CNET, Samsung has this to say – “we have little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights.” It’s good to see Samsung strike back, especially after the verdict of this summer’s massive trial. If you were to ask me I’d tell you that the jury’s verdict was wholly inaccurate – not because Samsung copied Apple, I think they did in some cases – because the Jury went against Judge Koh’s instructions and created an invalid verdict. Whether or not the appeal will produce anything in Samsung’s favor is unsure but with the Korean company going after Apple all blazing it looks like this whole thing is heating up again.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on the story and we’ll be sure to bring you the latest when we get word of it!