Samsung sues Apple over iPhone 5 patent infringements

Samsung Electronics is suing Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) for patent infringement in its new iPhone 5 smartphone. Samsung is accusing Apple of violating eight of its patents.

Samsung filed suit against Apple in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., as part of an existing lawsuit between the two companies. In a separate case held in that court, a jury found in August that Samsung had violated six of seven Apple patents and was liable for $1.05 billion in damages.

"As soon as the iPhone 5 was available for purchase, Samsung began its investigation of the product," the company said in its court filing. Samsung said the iPhone 5 infringes on two standards patents and six features patents. Apple declined to comment, according to Bloomberg. This patent case could go to trial in 2014.

The previous trial, in which Apple was awarded $1.05 billion in damages, was considered a proxy battle between Apple and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) since Samsung is the world's largest handset maker using Google's Android platform.

Separately, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh, who presided over the earlier trial between the two companies, lifted a U.S. sales ban on Samsung's GalaxyTab 10.1 tablet. Koh had put in place an injunction against the tablet before the trial, but the jury found that the tablet did not violate the Apple design patent that was the basis for the injunction. Apple said the ban should remain in place because the tablet violates its other patents.

For more:
- see this Bloomberg article
- see this Reuters article
- see this The Verge article
- see this separate Reuters article

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