Last month, Apple won a $1 billion dollar victory over Samsung on patent infringement. But, two are heading for a new patent battle. Because, Samsung is preparing to sue Apple over LTE patents, and it seems to be standing on strong grounds with 10 percent of key LTE patents in its portfolio.
Samsung has hinted that it is planning to sue Apple over 8 LTE-related patents. The new decision came intro light after Samsung filed a statement in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, last Wednesday. The case filing by Samsung says,
“Based on information currently available, Samsung expects that the iPhone 5 will infringe the asserted Samsung patents-in-suit in the same way as the other accused iPhone models. Samsung plans to file a motion to amend its infringement contentions to address the iPhone 5 as soon as it has had a reasonable opportunity to analyze the device. Because Samsung believes the accused functionality of the iPhone 5 will be similar to the accused functionality of other accused Apple products, Samsung does not believe that amendment of its infringement contentions should affect the case schedule.”
If Samsung is able to sufficiently cite its right to the LTE patents which Apple has allegedly infringed, the former may be able to get an injunction on iPhone 5 until the final decision. The injunction will effectively put the device off shelves, something which can prove disastrous for Apple. But then again, there is only a tiny possibility of that happening.
Source: FOSS Patents