News by Andrew Kameka on Monday November 19, 2012.
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Samsung and Apple's battles in court over alleged patent infringement have been updated to include more bones to fight over. A U.S. Magistrate Judge has granted permission for flagship devices from both companies to be added to a lawsuit, so the Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S III have been included in an existing lawsuit. The two sides are scheduled to argue in court about alleged patent infringement at trial in 2014 unless an out-of-court settlement can be reached.
A settlement is unlikely based on comments from the leader of Samsung Mobile, but that may change in the future. Samsung has filed a motion requesting to see the details of the cross-patent licensing agreement that Apple recently reached with HTC. Samsung is investigating to see if the '381 and '915 patents in its case with Apple are included in the agreement. If the patents are part of the deal, Samsung's lawyers will use it as leverage to argue that it raises questions about Apple's willingness to license patents in its battle with Samsung. The HTC deal is unlikely to provide a basis for a similar agreement between Apple and Samsung, but a victory for either side may influence the other's willingness to return to negotiations.source: WSJ, via: CNET
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