Samsung goes after new iPad, iPad mini and iPod in patent war, the stakes have never been higher

November 22, 2012
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What do you do when fate (and the legal system) deals you a cruel hand, and you’re seemingly proven an intellectual thief? Do you retreat, accept your defeat and move on, or do you try to strike back with the enemy’s own weapons?

That was Samsung’s dilemma back in August, after it was found guilty of infringing a number of Apple patents; the decision was easy – strong defense and then deadly counterattack.

We haven’t heard much lately about the status of Samsung’s defense (i.e. the appeal) in the California trial, but we’re getting more info about the counterattack. After last week  we’ve seen the iPhone 5 included in the list of allegedly infringing Apple products, we’re now hearing about other devices added to the list.

The devices in question are the fourth-generation iPad, the latest iPod Touch, and the iPad mini, so basically Apple now has to defend its entire 2012 product line-up. While none of the three devices have been technically added to the lawsuit just yet, that seems to only be a formality, at least for the two iPads.

“Given the early stage of this litigation and the reasoning of this order, the court notes that Apple should think twice before opposing similar amendments reflecting other newly-released products – e.g. the iPad 4 and iPad mini – that Samsung may propose in the near future.” said U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal a while back, basically ensuring that he’ll allow the two gadgets in the trial.

As for the iPod, things are a little more complicated, but even if Samsung will be denied this particular motion, the media player doesn’t seem to be that important for Sammy’s plans. The iPhone 5, iPad 4 and iPad mini on the other hand are raising this trial’s stakes at unprecedented levels, though there’s still a long way until Apple has to start worrying.

That’s because this lawsuit, which, remember, is different from the one won by Apple back in August, is only scheduled to go on trial in March 2014. We also have to note that Cupertino is having another strong case, being recently granted permission to attack Jelly Bean, as well as a number of Samsung devices, including the Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Nexus. Like it or not, war must go on!

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