According to a new report, Apple has added the best-selling Samsung Galaxy S3 handset to a list of products it says infringe its patents. The Galaxy Note tablet is also included in a new list of 21 gadgets submitted to a court in California. The report notes that it's not the same court that last month awarded Apple $1.05bn (£644m) after finding Samsung guilty of "wilful" copyright infringement.
If the new court initially finds infringement, it has the power to halt Galaxy sales in the US before trial. Apple's document before the court goes on the attack by stating that "Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smartphone and tablet computer products, Samsung has chosen to copy Apple's technology, user interface, and innovative style."
According to the BBC report, Samsung's response was that "Apple continues to resort to litigation over market competition in an effort to limit consumer choice."
Considering that Samsung was ranked as the number two "prolific patent winner" in 2011 by filing 4,894 patents in contrast to Apple's thirty-ninth ranking with 676 patents, it's abundantly clear as to who tries to protect their intellectual property more. Samsung filed more than 7 times the patents that Apple has. The first impression that comes to mind when you know this fact, is that Samsung is highly hypocritical and simply trying to win a public PR war instead of a legal one. A PR war that they're beginning to lose.
Apple won their patent infringement case against Samsung in California on August 24, 2012.