If The Neverending Story were made today, it’d star Apple and Samsung, and detail their incessant patent-related bickering. Audiences would yawn unanimously, but the film would roll on regardless.
Now we’re hearing that Samsung wants the recently announced iPad mini and fourth generation iPad included in the imminent stateside case against Apple.
Exactly a week ago, I screamed Apple and Samsung add devices to courtroom complainathon, specifically the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, and Samsung Galaxy S III.
Apple is also up in arms over Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) – as found on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Given that iDevices are all much of a muchness, Samsung understandably wants to add the iPad mini and fourth generation iPad, which weren’t official when this latest debacle kicked off. Indeed, Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal warned as much.
Samsung bawls: “Good cause exists to amend Samsung’s contentions because Apple’s new products were not yet available when Samsung submitted its original contentions on June 15, 2012 or its first Motion to supplement its infringement contentions on October 1, 2012.
“The iPod Touch 5, iPad 4, and iPad Mini have the same accused functionality as the versions of the iPod Touch and iPad that are already part of this case. As such, the proof of infringement of the patents-in-suit by the iPod Touch 5, iPad 4, and iPad Mini will be substantially the same as for other Apple devices already accused of infringement in this litigation.”
We'd love to see Judge Grewal take a page out of The High Court of England and Wales' book, but we won't hold our collective Mobo-breath.