Apple Brings Samsung Galaxy S III, Other Products Into Patent War

September 3, 2012, by Mandour & Associates, APC

Apple Inc. filed an amended complaint against Samsung Electronics Co. on Friday bringing additional Samsung devices, including the company’s Galaxy S III phone, into the massive patent infringement battle against its Korean rival that yielded a $1 billion jury verdict in Apple’s favor in a related suit just one week earlier.

Despite Apple’s April 2011 lawsuit, Samsung has continued to flood the market with copycat products, including at least 17 new infringing products released prior to filing the original complaint in the current action, the amended complaint says.

Since then, Samsung has continued to release new infringing products, including its current flagship device, the Galaxy S III, Apple says.

While Samsung’s new products infringe many of the same design patents, utility patents, trademarks, and trade dress rights that are at issue in the earlier case, Samsung’s new products also infringe additional utility patents, some of which issued after Apple filed the earlier case.

“Samsung has systematically copied Apple’s innovative technology and products, features and designs, and has deluged markets with infringing devices in an effort to usurp market share from Apple,” the amended complaint says. “Instead of pursuing independent product development, Samsung slavishly copied Apple’s innovative technology, with its elegant and distinctive user interfaces product design, in violation of Apple’s valuable intellectual property rights.”

The new complaint focuses on eight Apple utility patents, four of which were issued after Apple filed its earlier lawsuit, and none of which were at issue in that lawsuit. They include U.S. Patent Numbers 5,946,647, titled “System and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data;” 6,847,959, titled “Universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system;” 8,046,721, titled “Unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image;” and 8,074,172, titled “Method, system, and graphical user interface for providing word recommendations.”

The remaining four include U.S. Patent Numbers 8,014,760, titled “Missed telephone call management for a portable multifunction device;” 5,666,502, titled “Graphical user interface using historical lists with field classes;” 7,761,414, titled “Asynchronous data synchronization amongst devices;” and 8,086,604, titled “Universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system.”

The allegedly infringing Samsung products include at least 21 new smartphones, media players, and tablets that Samsung has released since August 2011. Apple’s amended complaint specifically names the Galaxy S III, Galaxy S III – Verizon, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II – T-Mobile, Galaxy S II – AT&T, Galaxy Nexus, Illusion, Captivate Glide, Exhibit II 4G, Stratosphere, Transform Ultra, Admire, Conquer 4G, and Dart smartphones, the Galaxy Player 4.0 and Galaxy Player 5.0 media players, and the Galaxy Note10.1, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablets.