Court forbids Apple from adding Samsung Galaxy S 4 from patent lawsuit

Patent lawsuits are passé when it comes to Apple and Samsung by now, with the two companies seemingly being involved in some form of legal action against the other at any given point of time. The very latest ongoing feud between the two giants of the tech world was about the technology involved in making the most recent smartphones, i.e. the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S III. The U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal has shot down Apple’s attempt to add the Galaxy S 4 to the newer devices under investigation for patent infringements, however, as the judge opined that adding yet another device to the ongoing case would simply be a waste of court time and resources.






Grewal’s rather emphatic dismissal of Apple’s latest attempt to embroil Samsung in another patent dispute over its latest flagship was reflected in his observation that “each time these parties appear in the courtroom, they consume considerable amounts of the court’s time and energy, which takes time way from other parties who also require and are entitled to the court’s attention.”


Apple’s contention that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 infringed on its patents may very well have had a point, of course, on a purely logical level – the S 4 is an incremental upgrade to the Galaxy S III for the most part, and it is quite likely that the infringing elements in the S III may have been repeated in the S 4. It’s all a matter of speculation now, of course, as Apple will have to contend with trying to ban an older Samsung flagship smartphone.






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