On Tuesday, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) argued to a judge that Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 device infringed on its patents and then attempted to add the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system to an existing California lawsuit against Samsung.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)'s efforts to broaden the lawsuit come after Samsung tried to include patent- infringement claims against the iPhone 5 on Oct. 1 in the same case. On Aug. 24, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was the winner of a $1.05 billion jury verdict against Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (ADR) (LON:BC94) for a different patent case heard in the same court.
From the companies filings to U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, the battle for dominance in the global smartphone market doesn't appear to be ending anytime soon.
Let's take a step back and look at what has transpired over the last few months between the two companies.
In August, Samsung started selling its Galaxy Note 10.1, with a stylus, in the U.S. The stylus was unique to the company and an enhancement to the company's Galaxy Note 5.3, which had been introduced earlier in the year. Apple's iPad didn't include this stylus.
Now, Jelly Bean, which is Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) current version of the Android operating system, runs on Samsung mobile devices and Google’s Nexus 7 handheld computer, which had a June release date.
On Oct. 1, Koh reversed the ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 U.S. sales that she had set in June. This came after she determined there weren't grounds for the preliminary injunction to remain in place after an Aug. 24 verdict determined that Samsung had not infringed on Apple's design patent, which had been the initial reason for the injunction.
Meanwhile, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) maintains the ban should remain because the jury found that the Galaxy Tab infringed on the case's other patents.
Now there's a 2014 trial date for Apple's case that includes the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Jelly Bean operating system.
For the case, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has won a preliminary order from Koh that had blocked Samsung from selling its Galaxy Tablet. The technology giant included the Galaxy S III smartphone on its product list that it believes infringes on its patents.
In their earlier patent lawsuit, which had a July trial, the jury determined that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (ADR) (LON:BC94) had infringed on six of seven Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) patents in question.
Next up, Koh will hold December hearings scheduled for the case, to determine whether or not to rule in favor of Apple’s request for the permanent ban on eight Samsung smartphone models and the Tab 10.1 in the U.S. She will also review Samsung’s bid to have the August verdict tossed out, due to juror misconduct claims.