Apple's lawsuit against Samsung in Australia expanded Friday from three claims of patent infringement claims to 278, according to reports.
The suit also grew from Apple singling out just one device -- Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 -- as a patent infringer to a total of 10 devices that are allegedly breaking the law, according the news sites of The Australian and TheNextWeb.
The staggering expansion caught Samsung off guard, according to a spokesman for the South Korean electronics giant, who said Samsung was "only given days notice that Apple's legal bid against the company had been amended to include over 200 claims against smartphones and tablets that haven't even launched in the country," TheNextWeb said. "As a result Samsung said it would not be able to file a defence against the claim until mid-May."
Samsung has also sued Apple in Australia over alleged patent infringement claims, with the suits and countersuits between the two tech giants pertaining to touchscreen technology, the look and feel of products and even how devices connect to the Internet.