Apple Drops Patent Suit for the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
Apple filed a patent suit with the US District Court of the Northern District of California, back in November a reply for a motion to amend their claims against the Korean Tech Giant Samsung, Apple agreed to suddenly drop the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini from the said suit as a response to Samsung’s opposition of adding new products to the upcoming case.
The Cupertino firm appeared to widen their assertions with a proposed November 23 motion in which they have added the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S3 with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Galaxy S3 Mini, Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi, Galaxy Tab 2 10.i and Rugby Pro to a patent suit to be heard in 2014.
The Korean Tech giant countered by saying that they are not “making, using, offering to sell or importing the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini in the US,” and that they have opposed the inclusion of the Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Rugby Pro, and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, simply because “Apple did not serve its claim charts for these products until November 30th, after the November 23rd date identified by the Court.”
Apple will not contest the partial opposition and have claimed that they have misunderstood a November 15 court order pertaining to a limitation on assertions, which Samsung pointed to in their report. If the Court favours Samsung’s reading of the said order (concluding that all new contentions made after November 23 are invalid), the Cupertino Firm “will of course voluntarily withdraw any infringement contentions” made after the said date.
Apple also noted that the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini can be purchased at retail outlets (i.e. Amazon.com), but they have agreed to withdraw their claim as long as they can be reinstated if the Galaxy S3 Mini was to see an official sale in the US. The controversial case involving the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 is scheduled to be heard on March 31, 2014.
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