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September 20, 2012

Samsung to Add iPhone 5 to Patent Lawsuit

Samsung Electronics Co. plans to add Apple’s iPhone 5 to its current patent lawsuits against its U.S. rival — an action that could cause a preliminary sales injunction of the device, the company announced Sept. 20.

Apple, which recently launched the new product, has millions of orders for the product. The phone is to hit store shelves Sept. 21.

Samsung and Apple are embroiled in a patent fracas in 10 countries as each accuses the other of copying the other’s mobile devices.

The companies are going head-to-head as the holiday season approaches in a bid to dominate the mobile market.

“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,” it said in a U.S. court filing. “Based on information currently available, Samsung expects that the iPhone 5 will infringe the asserted Samsung patents-in-suit in the same way as the other accused iPhone models.”

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

Apple Korea has yet to comment.

A jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion last month after determining a number of Samsung Smartphones violated Apple’s iPhone patents. The jury, however, was unconvinced by Apple’s accusations that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 illegally imitated the iPad.

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