The scope of Samsung and Apple's increasingly lengthy and vituperative patent-focussed legal spat has been extended, after a US judge cleared the way for the companies to include each others’ newer products in a lawsuit.
The ruling from US. Magistrate Judge Grewal means that the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 will be added to the dispute, as well as the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy Note 10.1.
Grewal’s decision forms part of a suit initially filed by Apple back in February covering the Galaxy Nexus, which Samsung manufactured on Google’s behalf.
The patent-infringement suit is one of two being pursued by Apple against Samsung. An earlier filing covering different patents resulted in Samsung being ordered to pay $1.05 billion to Apple.
Despite that reverse, Samsung has pledged to continue to contest Apple’s actions, which it is thought are aimed at delaying the path to market of Samsung’s new products.
In a statement issued earlier this year, the South Korean gadget-maker said: "We have always preferred to compete in the marketplace with our innovative products, rather than in a courtroom.
"However, Apple continues to take aggressive legal action that will restrict market competition. Under these circumstances, we have little recourse but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights."