Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S III, right, and Apple's iPhone… (Ahn Young-joon / Associated…)
After winning a landmark $1-billion patent infringement case, Apple Inc. is once again targetting Samsung Electronics Co. by taking aim at its rival's bestselling Galaxy S III phone.
Apple on Friday amended a complaint, filed originally in Feburary, to include four more products to a list of Samsung gadgets that the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant says infringes on its patents. The list now includes the Galaxy Note smartphone as well as the Galaxy S III. In the complaint, Apple accuses Samsung of filling "the market with copycat products."
The allegations echo similar accusations made in a closely watched court case that ended last month when a San Jose jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion after finding Samsung had infringed on six patents by copying the look and feel of its mobile devices.
After that court victory, Apple is also trying to ban the sale of eight other Samsung smartphones such as the Droid Charge and the Galaxy Prevail. U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh, who presided over the four-week trial, will hold an injunction hearing Sept. 20 to determine which, if any, of Samsung's smartphones should be banned from U.S. store shelves.
On Saturday, Samsung struck back and accused Apple of "resorting to litigation" to quell competition "in an effort to limit consumer choice."
"We will continue to take the necessary legal measures to ensure the availability of our innovative products in the United States," Samsung said in a statement to the Associated Press.
Apple's trial victory over Samsung is part of a pitched war with Google over Google's Android operating system, which Samsung and other tech companies use on tablet computers and smartphones in direct competition with Apple's iPhone and iPad. Android-powered smartphones already outsell iPhones by about 3 to 1 -- less than three months after the Galaxy S III launched, for example, the gadget has already topped 10 million in global sales.
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