Apple expands Samsung hit list

Apple Inc has added Samsung's flagship Galaxy S III smartphone to its hit list as it seeks further curbs on the Korean company's "copycat products".

The Galaxy S III (right) is expected to be Samsung's best-selling smartphone ever, but it's too much like the iPhone 4s, Apple is now claiming.

Apple filed the revised complaint on Friday in US federal court in San Jose, California.

The move followed a $1.05-billion jury verdict on Aug 24 in the same court, which found that Samsung infringed six of seven Apple patents in dispute. In that case, Apple is seeking a US sales ban on eight Samsung smartphone models and a tablet computer.

In its new complaint, Apple alleges that Samsung continues to "flood the market with copycat products". It said Samsung had sold infringing products through August, including its "current flagship device, the Galaxy S III".

US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose ruled last Tuesday that based on the Aug 24 verdict, Apple’s request for a permanent ban on US sales of eight Samsung mobile devices would be considered at a hearing on Dec 6.

The judge has scheduled a hearing on Samsung’s request to lift a preliminary sales ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 for Sept 20, if she deems it necessary.

Samsung, which denied Apple’s infringement claims in a court filing in April, said in a statement on Friday that it would take the "necessary legal measures" to keep its products available in the US, charging Apple with seeking to "limit consumer choice".

The followin Samsung smartphones are named in the revised complaint: the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S II, Galaxy Nexus, Illusion, Captivate Glide, Exhibit II 4G, Stratosphere, Transform Ultra, Admire, Conquer 4G, and Dart. Other devices covered by the filing are 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.

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