Apple adds 6 more Samsung products to their patent lawsuit
Apple has stepped up their aggressive lawsuit against Samsung by petitioning a federal court to add 6 more Samsung products to its patent infringement battle against the South Korean company. The products include smartphones and tablets: the Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi tablet, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Galaxy Rugby Pro, Galaxy S III mini, Galaxy S III and the smartphone-tablet hybrid Samsung Galaxy Note II.
A hearing has been scheduled for 6 December 2012 regarding Apple's desire to have several Samsung products removed from sale in the US, including the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. Samsung are pushing to have the recent $1.05 billion verdict against them thrown out due to claims of juror misconduct. This claim is based on the fact that the jury foreman for that particular trial, Vel Hogan, had "concealed information". Not only was he declared bankrupt in 1993, Hogan was also sued by his former employer Seagate, which lawyers for Samsung suggest could have made Hogan biased against Samsung because of his past history (Samsung and Seagate have had a working relationship).
While Apple appears to be winning in the US, Samsung has won similar lawsuits in important markets such as the UK, South Korea and Japan. The result of this lawsuit is worth billions, Apple has reported revenue of $156 billion in 2012 so far and Samsung had revenue of $247 billion in 2011.