It appears that Apple's iPhone 5 isn't going to escape the ongoing legal battle with Samsung Electronics.
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Samsung said it would add the recently unveiled smartphone — which has already seen record pre-sale figures and which hit Australian stores this morning — to a list of products accused of violating its patents, according to Reuters, citing US court documents.
Based on information currently available, Samsung expects that the iPhone 5 will infringe the asserted Samsung patents in suit in the same way as the other accused iPhone models. Samsung plans to file a motion to amend its infringement contentions to address the iPhone 5 as soon as it has had a reasonable opportunity to analyse the device.
The two companies are in the midst of a bitter legal war over intellectual property. Apple recently scored a big victory over Samsung in a Federal court in San Jose, California, but the two companies have several existing lawsuits going on in different countries around the world.
Samsung has already taken its case to consumers; the South Korean conglomerate released an ad yesterday slamming the iPhone 5 and people waiting in line for Apple products.
Analysts, meanwhile, believe that the iPhone 5 could be poised for record sales spurred by pent-up demand from consumers who skipped the last refresh, the iPhone 4S.
CNET has contacted Apple for comment, but the company had not responded by the time of writing.