Apple has confirmed it will add Samsung’s newest flagship, the Galaxy S 4 to its ongoing patent-infringement lawsuit. In a statement filed in the US District Court in California yesterday, Apple says it has analyzed the Galaxy S 4 and “concluded that it is an infringing device and accordingly intends to move for leave to add the Galaxy S 4 as an infringing product.” That takes the grand total of devices Apple is suing Samsung for to 22 which includes the Galaxy S 4 predecessor, the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note and Note II and a number of Galaxy Tabs.
In order to add the Galaxy S 4 to the list, Apple will “eliminate without prejudice” one of Samsung’s accused smartphones and tablets. It will do so under orders from Judge Lucy Koh that Apple limited the number of patent claims and infringing devices ahead of next year’s trial.
For its part, Samsung will continue to bring its own list of infringing products including the iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod and Apple TV lines.
The court wants Apple to reduce the amount of products on their infringing lists, but Apple believes the Galaxy S 4 poses more of an immediate threat than at least one of the other devices already named.