The legal battle between Samsung and Apple continues to grow, Dec. 20 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc., which on Dec. 9 lost a bid to keep Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy 10.1 tablet out of Australia, claims the case for the device and cases for Samsung phones infringe its patents and registered design.
Apple issued the notice of infringement to Samsung in Australia over the cases, and will file a statement of claim, Apple’s lawyer Stephen Burley said at a hearing in Sydney today. Samsung’s lawyer Katrina Howard said at the same hearing the company was served with the notice that the cases infringe at least 10 patents.
The latest accusations of patent infringement were revealed in a hearing held before Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett. Apple hopes to delay a trial scheduled to begin in March, in which Samsung hopes to prove that the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPad 2 infringe on patents related to 3G data connections(ipad related: convert wmv to ipad on mac).
Apple believes Samsung’s official case for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringes on its patented designs. The iPhone maker has also asserted that Samsung’s cases designed for its smartphones are infringing.
Sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 were initially blocked in Australia as a court looked into Apple’s claims of infringement with the touchscreen tablet. But the device was eventually approved for sale in Australia earlier this month.
The mounting lawsuits between Samsung and Apple span across four continents, and there are more than 30 lawsuits filed against one another. Apple fired first in the courtroom, suing Samsung in April for allegedly copying the look and feel of the iPhone and iPad(ipad related: mac ipad converter).
Apple, based in Cupertino, California, needs time to gather experts, who must file reports, and will need time to collect evidence to defend itself, Burley said.
Howard opposed the request, saying the trial can proceed as scheduled. “Samsung, the world’s biggest maker of smartphones last quarter, dropped its bid for a temporary injunction barring Apple from selling the iPhones and iPad 2(ipad related: free ipad converter mac), and instead agreed to the early hearing”, Howard said. The company would be “severely prejudiced” if the trial were delayed, she told the judge.
Bennett deferred a decision on Apple’s request and will hold another hearing Feb. 3. She told the companies to proceed with evidence and expert testimony gathering. The Australian trial will be a prelude for Samsung in its U.S. case before the International Trade Commission on similar claims. Burley had said at an earlier hearing that will be heard in May and June.