Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has reignited its never-ending story with Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, in a new patent infringement accusation, regarding Galaxy Note’s Jelly Bean feature. The iPhone maker has been involved in several lawsuits with the Asian-based giant electronics manufacture winning some and losing others.
However, the stand out this year has been the $1 billion worth of damages it received from the Android platform gadgets specialist, which was shortly followed by an outflow in the opposite direction in another case held in Korea. Apple did not rest after the outcome of the two cases, having already seen a majority of its claims against Samsung Electronics being swept under the carpet despite the judge pointing six cases of infringement in the U.S case.
Apple’s iPhone 5 was also a subject of patent infringement as Samsung accused the iPhone maker’s new device, on October 1, only weeks after the launch. Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) followed shortly with its own accusations against Apple, further indicating the intensity of rivalry in the smartphones and tablets industry.
Apple vowed to continue placing more accusations, against its main competitor in the smartphones industry, and the latest appears to be based on the rival’s Galaxy Note 10.1. Apple raised the accusations on November 5 in a U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal in federal court, in San Jose regarding the Jelly Bean feature.
Jelly Bean is a new feature introduced by Google in its upgraded Android platform, currently in use in Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, and the Nexus 7. Apple is seeking a permanent ban of 8 Samsung smartphone models retailing in the U.S markets. The company has already received a green light from U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh who has scheduled December hearings in that case to consider the request.
Apple has also added Samsung Galaxy 10.1 in a case scheduled for 2014 as it looks to cement its market leadership status in the U.S.