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Apple went from having a patent bid that involved three patents to one that had widened to 278 claims consisting of 22 patents and 10 products

Just when Samsung seems to have a bit of luck in Australia with the ongoing patent war, Apple comes along and throws more patent claims on the table.

According to Samsung, Apple recently expanded its patent claims against the South Korean company's Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. In fact, Apple went from having a patent bid that involved three patents to one that had widened to 278 claims consisting of 22 patents and 10 products.

The Samsung products Apple is going after now, in addition to the Galaxy Tab 10.1, are a variety of smartphones and the Galaxy Tab 7, which hasn't even been released in Australia yet.

Samsung said that Apple only gave it "days" notice that the patent claims had expanded. Samsung told the court it would need until May 18 to file its defense, and asked that the hearing over the iPhone 4S be split into two parts starting in late February. Apple, however, said it would need until September to prepare its evidence.

Apple and Samsung have been battling via patent suits for almost a year now. In April 2011, Apple claimed Samsung was an "iPhone, iPad copycat" with its Galaxy S 4G, Epic 4G, and Nexus smartphones along with the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

From there on out, Apple worked to get Samsung's smartphones and tablets banned around the world. Samsung flung a few lawsuits back itself, such as the 3G lawsuit against Apple in France. However, that didn't stop Apple from successfully banning the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in both Germany and Australia last year.

Samsung made a comeback in December 2011, though, when a panel of three Sydney, Australia High Court judges agreed to dismiss Apple's application for special leave to appeal the Federal Court's repeal of the Galaxy Tab 10.1's sales ban. This finally put the Galaxy Tab 10.1 on store shelves in Australia.

Despite this victory for Samsung, the company can't get a break from Apple. Just this month, Samsung lost a 3G patent case against Apple in Germany and the EU nailed Samsung with a formal investigation over the 3G patent.

Source: The Australian

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By Cheesew1z69 on 2/3/2012 10:19:13 AM , Rating: 3
Grow up...

RE: Apple....
By masamasa on 2/3/2012 11:03:30 AM , Rating: 1
Never. We will rule the world!!!

RE: Apple....
By masamasa on 2/3/2012 11:03:59 AM , Rating: 5
I f****** hate apple. Someone needs to take a bite out of them.

RE: Apple....
By retrospooty on 2/3/2012 11:21:18 AM , Rating: 3
Ya, this is starting to get really irritating. This is hte most expensive and mindnumbing case of pot and kettle I have ever seen.

RE: Apple....
By TSS on 2/3/2012 7:10:16 PM , Rating: 2
It's not so bad really. I'd rather somebody fight this out now, and i'd rather it be apple with a fight they will most likely lose. As things escalate maybe them politicians will finally get around to really doing something about the system.

We all know that if this fight fizzles out and the system remains there's only going to be another, larger one down the road. And really the only winners in these cases are the lawyers and the courts. The lawyers get paid directly, more and more with each increasing complexity in the law, while the courts never run out of work to do. Just going over the documents in these cases must cost hundreds of people months of work in a dozen countries. All because of a corperate fued of a dead man.

Really the insanity must end because it can still get alot worse....

apple iNett
By kattanna on 2/3/2012 10:57:00 AM , Rating: 4

nothing to do with this article, just a damn funny apple video about their chinese worker issues

RE: apple iNett
By Subysti02 on 2/3/2012 12:57:23 PM , Rating: 2
LMAO now THAT is funny.

By Subysti02 on 2/3/2012 12:50:44 PM , Rating: 2
It seems that Apple wants to take over the world just like Adolf Hitler tried. Now i feel bad for owning a iphone 3gs.

RE: Apple
By B3an on 2/3/2012 9:19:42 PM , Rating: 2
Then sell that iToy immedaitely and get a phone thats actually good :) Loads of sheep on ebay willing to pay lots for old crApple products.

Begun the patent war has...
By quiksilvr on 2/3/2012 10:15:29 AM , Rating: 1

But in all seriousness, patent trolling is a desperate indication that Apple is now playing catch up to the industry. We already have 1080p 10" tablets with quad core chips. Android 4.0 is ridiculously polished and finally brought true hardware acceleration, especially to browsers. Apple may have barely beaten Samsung last year but lets not forget about HTC, Motorola and LG.

RE: Begun the patent war has...
By Goothry on 2/3/2012 10:45:45 AM , Rating: 2
I feel its more of a move for Apple to flex their new found "muscles" rather than a catch up move. While their hardware may be inferior they still remain the cool kid on the block. Keeping your competitors down is just another way one can stay on top. However, it's still childish.

RE: Begun the patent war has...
By testerguy on 2/5/12, Rating: 0
By Bateluer on 2/3/2012 2:46:39 PM , Rating: 2
Kind wanted the TF Prime, but the Tab 8.9 is lighter and more portable.

Karma is a great thing
By BZDTemp on 2/3/2012 3:24:59 PM , Rating: 2
Germany banning the sale of iPads and some iPhones is certain to make this a bitter sweet day for Apple, especially if the ban goes EU wide.

RE: Karma is a great thing
By testerguy on 2/5/12, Rating: 0
"Let's face it, we're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn." -- Seagate CEO Bill Watkins

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