Samsung Galaxy S3 next in patent hunt

By Daniel Chubb - Sep 1, 2012

We previously thought the Samsung Galaxy S3 design had been a lot different to the iPhone, and as such would never make its way into Apple’s targets following their court win. This doesn’t seem to be the case anymore, and today we’re hearing that both the Galaxy S3 and Note are being considered as in breach of Apple’s intangible property and they’re now focusing on these devices with a number of others.

It is worth noting that this case shouldn’t be confused with the recent patent verdict, which is due to the fact that Samsung added the Galaxy S3 to another case that had been lodged at the start of this year. Originally this separate case had been focusing on the Galaxy Nexus, although it now involves over 20 devices that feature popular products such as Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1, Galaxy S3, and first generation Note.

Are Apple taking things too far, or are they just trying to protect their intellectual property? We wonder if there is any true balance when tracking down any devices that a company thinks are breaching its copyright, although it could be that Apple are aiming big and then even if they get half way to the number of devices being banned, then this would be a massive achievement.

The problem for the consumer, especially Samsung and Android fans, is the fact that the more Samsung smartphones and tablets taken off the market, then the less choice consumers will see. Some Apple supports would look at this another way, and they see Apple on a mission to make other brands think outside of the box when designing a new phone or tablet, so this could mean a lot more variety in the marketplace rather than most devices being designed from a template of Apple’s products.

In this latest case Apple are claiming they will suffer a great deal of harm from Samsung’s violations, which includes 8 utility patents in the current case, and they want Samsung to stop launching “copycat products” into the marketplace, which cause harm to Apple.

How do you feel about the Samsung Galaxy S3 being pulled into the battle with Apple? We’ve embedded the amended complaint below this article, so feel free to take a look and let us know if you agree with Apple or Samsung in this matter. You can read more details on this complaint here, or see our earlier article for details on Jelly Bean and low stock thanks to increased popularity of the Galaxy S3.

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