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Apple can’t add Samsung’s Galaxy S4 smartphone to infringement suit

Doing so would be a “tax on the court’s resources,” judge says

Are you getting tired of hearing about the Apple/Samsung patent battle? Turns out, so is the court.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal ruled yesterday that Apple Inc. cannot add Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy S4 smartphone to the list of products Apple claims infringe on its patents. The tech companies are already duking it out over other smartphones, including Samsung’s Galaxy S III and Apple’s iPhone 5.

One of Apple’s lawyers, Josh Krevitt, told the court that if Apple could not include the S4, it would have to file a new lawsuit, because by next year’s trial, the Samsung products currently covered in the lawsuit would be out of date, Bloomberg reports.

Grewal chastised the parties for their dragged-out court drama in his ruling, one can only imagine feeling quite beleaguered as he did so. To add another product to the dispute would be a “tax on the court’s resources,” he wrote. “Each time these parties appear in the courtroom, they consume considerable amounts of the court’s time and energy, which takes time way from other parties who also require and are entitled to the court’s attention.”


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