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Apple and Samsung allowed to include iPhone 5 and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in latest legal battle

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Over the last few months both Apple and Samsung have been asking to include additional products in their latest courtroom confrontation, and today both parties got what they wanted. In an order filed today, US Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal granted Samsung's request to include the iPhone 5 as one of its accused products; the company contends that Apple's latest flagship phone infringes on several of its standards-essential patents and several feature-specific patents. In kind, Apple will be able to name several products it's been anxious to accuse — including the Galaxy Note 10.1, all versions of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean that were distributed on the Galaxy Nexus, and the Galaxy S III.

Each of the companies had previously requested the products be included, but needed Grewal to agree before they could officially become part of the case. There's always the chance that additional products could still find their way in, but it appears that the playing field has finally taken shape. While Apple won a $1.049 billion verdict back in August, this second case has actually been going on since February of this year, with Cupertino originally accusing a handful of tablets, Galaxy S II variants, and the Galaxy Nexus of infringement. Of course, it's not certain that this case will end up going to trial — Apple and HTC settled their differences just days ago, after all — but for the moment it doesn't look like either company has any intention of backing down.