Apple Computer wants more of Samsung’s phones and tablets banned from the U.S. market days after winning a major patent infringement lawsuit against the device maker.
The company behind the iPhone and iPad now wants to add Samsung’s top-of-the-line Galaxy S III and its special Verizon edition, the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, and the Galaxy S II in both its basic and carrier-independent forms to the list of devices it wants federal court in California to ban.
Those Android-based phones and tablets would join other Samsung devices Apple wants removed: the Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S2 AT&T, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S2 T-Mobile, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge and Galaxy Prevail.
In the April 2011 case that led to the recent $1 billion patent infringement award, a San Jose jury ruled Samsung copied Apple’s software and hardware designs for its iPhone and iPad. The jury ruled Samsung copied innovations such as scrolling and zooming in on a screen by double tapping, and Apple’s setup for displaying icons.
Apple filed another complaint this past February to force Samsung to remove specific devices it said infringed on its patents, a case that is pending. On Friday, it amended the complaint to add the additional Galaxy devices.
Samsung, which plans to appeal the ruling, has said it would consider “workarounds” to devices “as a last resort” to get around the patent concerns.
Since Samsung relies on Google’s Android operating system, the big question is whether Apple now will go after Google and its hardware partners with patent infringement suits. Google maintains that most of the infringement and patent claims do not relate to the core Android operating system.
Apple would no doubt like to put the kibosh on the Galaxy S3, which has enjoyed brisk sales and has, according to analysts, helped increase Samsung’s lead over Apple in the two companies’ smartphone sales competition.
What do you think? Is Apple trying to take too big of a bite out of Samsung and competition overall?