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Samsung Claims iPhone 5 Violates Patent

Samsung Electronics Co. began a new chapter this month in the ongoing patent saga with Apple Inc.

Samsung claims in its court filing Oct. 1 that Apple’s iPhone 5, which was released last month, infringes two standards patents and six features patents.

The case is set for trial in 2014. Samsung’s initial complaint names the same eight patents as the reason for alleging infringement by previous iPhone models, as well as the iPad and iPod Touch.

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

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

Meanwhile, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has rescinded a ban on U.S. sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 that she imposed in June. Koh said she had no grounds for keeping the preliminary injunction in place after jurors decided in an Aug. 24 verdict Samsung did not violate an Apple design patent.

Apple, however, said the ban should not be lifted because the jury concluded the Samsung device violated other patents at issue in the case.

A jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion in a separate case in August after determining a number of Samsung Smartphones violated Apple’s iPhone patents.

Koh has set hearings in that case for December. She is to weigh Apple’s request for a permanent U.S. sales ban on eight Samsung Smartphones and the Tab 10.1. Koh is also to deliberate on Samsung’s attempt to have the August verdict thrown out due to alleged juror misconduct.

Apple said in a court filing Sept. 19 it plans to add infringement claims about “recently released Samsung products, including the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system and the Galaxy Note 10.1 device.”



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