On Friday, Apple filed an amended complaint with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. In it, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company added two versions of the Samsung Galaxy S III, the Samsung Galaxy Note, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 to its original claims of patent infringement against a number of Samsung smartphones and tablets. To be clear, this case is separate from the Apple v. Samsung trial, which concluded - overwhelmingly in Apple's favor - slightly more than a week ago.
This second case was filed in February. It claims that 17 different Samsung devices violate utility patents owned by Apple. As part of that complaint, Apple earlier sought - and won - a sales ban on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone, Google's current developer phone. The court granted the ban, but it has been temporarily lifted while the decision is appealed before a court in Washington, D.C.
That is why you still see the Galaxy Nexus for sale at Google Play, among other stores.
Of course, the Galaxy Nexus is an aging device, approaching a year old (in November). Meanwhile, the Galaxy S III is very recently introduced, and is Samsung's current top-of-the-line phone.
In the amended complaint filed Friday, Apple said that "infringing Samsung products include the at least 21 new smartphones, media players, and tablets that Samsung has released beginning in August 2011 and continuing through August 2012." The filing lists the Galaxy S III (GSM) and the Verizon Galaxy S III as well as the Galaxy Note smartphones, as well as the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, among the other products.
From the newly amended complaint:
"These infringing Samsung products include the at least 21 new smartphones, media players, and tablets that Samsung has released beginning in August 2011 and continuing through August 2012. Specifically, Samsung has imported into, offered for sale, or sold in the United States at least the following products, each of which infringes Apple’s patent rights: the Galaxy S III, Galaxy S III – Verizon, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II - T-Mobile, Galaxy S II - AT&T, Galaxy Nexus, Illusion, Captivate Glide, Exhibit II 4G, Stratosphere, Transform Ultra, Admire, Conquer 4G, and Dart smartphones, the Galaxy Player 4.0 and Galaxy Player 5.0 media players, and the Galaxy Note 10.1, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablets."
There's no doubt that Apple would love to place a ban on the Galaxy S III. Early phones in the series, the Galaxy S and S II, were best-sellers for Samsung, and the GS3 already has seen great sales numbers.
You can see the full complaint below.