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Samsung to add iPhone 5 to Apple lawsuits

business Updated: Sep 20, 2012 23:05 IST

Samsung Electronics plans to add Apple Inc’s iPhone 5 to existing patent lawsuits against its US rival, stepping up its legal challenge to Apple as the two smartphone leaders seek to assert rights to key technologies.

The fresh legal step by the South Korean group comes as Apple booked orders for over 2 million iPhone 5s in the first 24 hours of its availability. The product is due to hit stores on Friday.

Samsung and Apple are locked in patent battle in 10 countries and the stakes are high as the two vie for top spot in the booming smartphone market.

Both are also raising marketing spending to promote their latest products ahead of the crucial year-end holiday season.

“Samsung anticipates that it will file, in the near future, a motion to amend its infringement contentions to add the iPhone 5 as an accused product,” the company said in a US court filing.

Samsung said in a separate statement on Thursday: “Apple continues to take aggressive legal measures that will limit market competition.”

Apple Korea reiterated its position that it was the victim of copying, not vice versa.