Late last month, with tensions still high between Samsung and Apple following the jury verdict in the patent case the two had been fighting, Samsung made it clear that it wasn’t about to take the upset lying down. Instead, it started preparing for a counter-volley, announcing its intent to sue Apple right back over its LTE patents if the company went ahead and, like the rumors were then suggesting, release an LTE-capable iPhone 5. As we all know, that’s just what Apple did, and now it looks like Samsung is making good on its word, and has announced its intention to add the iPhone 5 to an existing lawsuit against Apple.
This is all tied to a counterclaim Samsung made back in April, which listed eight patents Samsung accused Apple of violating with various iOS devices. Now, none of those specifically mention LTE, but with Apple adding the iPhone 5 to this list of offending devices, and based on the company’s previous statements, it seems likely that it will amend its claims to include applicable 4G patents.
One reason it hasn’t yet may be that Samsung, like most of the rest of us, is still waiting to get its hands on the iPhone 5. Once it has time to examine the model in depth, you can bet it will feature front-and-center in this ongoing dispute.