After Mocking Apple, Samsung Threatens Lawsuit Over iPhone 5
"Based on information currently available, Samsung expects the iPhone 5 will infringe the asserted Samsung patents-in-suit in the same way as the other accused iPhone models," Samsung's legal team said in a court filing. Samsung will make the final decision "as soon as it has had a reasonable opportunity to analyze the device."
After adding the iPhone 5 to its case in the U.S., Samsung can then seek a ban on sales of the smartphone. It seems unlikely, but if Samsung was successful in getting the iPhone 5 banned in the U.S., it would be a huge blow to Apple. The iPhone 5 is in high demand, notching twice as many pre-orders in the first 24 hours as the iPhone 4S did when it debuted a year ago.
Just last month, Samsung lost a patent infringement case brought against it by Apple and was nailed for over a billion dollars in damages. Judge Lucy Koh often let her frustrations be known with both sides in what turned out to be a highly contentious trial. She's also presiding over Samsung's lawsuit against Apple.