Apple and Samsung Are Raising the Stakes

A judge has granted requests from both Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung to add additional products, including the companies’ respective flagship iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III handsets, to a patent dispute scheduled to begin hearings in 2014. While the hearings only begin in 2014, the order means the two companies can now seek bans on U.S. sales of these products before the trial starts.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal accepted Samsung’s petition to amend its infringement contentions to include the latest iPhone, while also allowing Apple’s request to include the Galaxy Note 10.1, the Galaxy S III, and Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Jelly Bean Android operating system being used in the Galaxy Nexus handset in its complaint. Apple initially named 17 Samsung products in the case, first filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in February, but its total has now come to about 20.

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According to The Wall Street Journal, Grewal wrote that Samsung acted with “reasonable diligence” in asking the court to add the iPhone 5 and added that “Apple should think twice before opposing similar amendments reflecting other newly related products — the iPad 4 and iPad mini — that Samsung may propose in the near future.”

The two smartphone rivals are battling each other in more than 50 different cases in about 10 countries around the world, including South Korea, Germany, the Netherlands and Australia. In a jury decision in the U.S. in August, Apple was awarded $1 billion in damages, though Samsung is now appealing that result. The latest additions to the case include the two companies’ top-selling products, with both the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy smartphone seeing strong sales since their respective releases.

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