Apple looks to add Galaxy S4 to Samsung lawsuit

The company says it has evaluated Samsung's handset and found it to be in violation of Apple patents.

The Galaxy S4 (left) sitting alongside its predecessor (and fellow Apple target) the Galaxy S3.
The Galaxy S4 (left) alongside its predecessor (and fellow Apple target) the Galaxy S3. Sarah Tew/CNET

Although a federal judge has requested that Samsung and Apple pare down the number of infringements in their lawsuit in California, the iPhone maker actually wants to pile on.

According to FOSS Patents' Florian Mueller, Apple on Monday requested that U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh allow it to add the Samsung Galaxy S4 to the list of Samsung products that Apple believes violates patents it owns. Apple currently has 22 products that it claims violate its patents. The Galaxy S4 would be added to that list.

According to Mueller, Apple analyzed the S4 and "has concluded that it is an infringing device and accordingly intends to move for leave to add the Galaxy S4 as an infringing product." To keep the product list at 22, Apple will remove one allegedly infringing device from its case.

Apple is not alone in offering up nearly two dozen allegedly infringing devices. Samsung has also brought to the court 22 Apple devices that it claims violate its patents. By February, however, Samsung and Apple must reduce the number of allegedly infringing products to 10 per side. They are also being asked to only include five patent-infringement claims per side.

Samsung's Galaxy S4 is the company's latest launch in its flagship line. The device comes with a 5-inch HD display, up to 64GB of memory, and 4G LTE. It's widely viewed as the iPhone's best competitor and likely going to be the biggest threat to Apple's next smartphone launch.

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Don Reisinger is a technology columnist who has covered everything from HDTVs to computers to Flowbee Haircut Systems. Besides his work with CNET, Don's work has been featured in a variety of other publications including PC World and a host of Ziff-Davis publications.

 

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