As soon as the U.S. sales ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was lifted, Samsung leaped back into the legal offensive, tacking on the iPhone 5 to its own patent claims against Apple. The fresh complaints are an amendment to Samsung's original lawsuit, but surprisingly don't have anything to do with LTE (a technology for which Samsung holds a handful of patents). The patents in question include six utility patents and two UMTS standard essential ones, which are all listed below.
- Method and apparatus for performing non-scheduled transmission in a mobile communication system for supporting an enhanced uplink data channel
- Method and apparatus for signaling control information of uplink packet data service in mobile communication system
- Audio/video device having a volume control function for an external audio reproduction unit by using volume control buttons of a remote controller and volume control method therefor
- Multimedia synchronisation method and device
- Data displaying apparatus and method
- Software keyboard system using trace of stylus on a touch screen and method for recognising key code using the same
- Apparatus for recording and reproducing digital image and speech
- Remote video transmission system
You may recall that Samsung had tried to get their hands on the iPhone 5 prior to any announcement to see if it applied to any of the complaints they were laying against the then-current breed of iOS smartphone, but was flatly denied. Now that the iPhone 5 is out though, it's fair game.
If you're into the legal nitty-gritty, the amendment by Samsung is embedded below. Things are looking grim for Samsung in this case right now, but they aren't out of the fight yet. Do you guys think they'll be able to strike back at Apple, or at least fend off the beefy infringement fine?