Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 added to Apple’s patent fight

November 6, 2012
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The patent-based conflicts related to the mobile world are far from over, with Apple getting ready for a new round of fighting against Google and Samsung.

Bloomberg on Tuesday reported that the iPhone maker has added two new products to its list of allegedly patent infringing devices and/or software:

Apple Inc. (AAPL) told a judge that Samsung Electronics Co. (005930)’s Galaxy Note 10.1 device infringes its patents, and sought to add the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system to an existing lawsuit against Samsung in California.

Apple made the arguments today to U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal in federal court in San Jose. Apple’s bid to expand the lawsuit follows Samsung’s Oct. 1 move to add patent- infringement claims against the iPhone 5 in the same case.

In late August Apple won a first U.S. case against Samsung, obtaining a favorable $1.05 billion verdict from the jury. The new trial between Apple and Samsung is set to start at some point in 2014, and we’re probably going to see a lot more drama between the two sides until that happens.

In the same trial, Apple alleges that the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy S3 also infringe on its patents. The company has won a preliminary sales ban on the Galaxy Nexus, which was later overturned.

What’s curious is that Apple appears to be interested in adding the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS to this Samsung trial. Shouldn’t Apple sue Google in case it wants to target the operating system?

Just a few days ago a second Apple vs Google (Motorola) lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice, but that battle did not include Jelly Bean. We’ll be back with more news from this new Apple vs Samsung trial in the following months.

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