Apple has raised the stakes in its growing patent battle with Samsung.
Alleging four patent violations, Apple has asked a federal court in California to block the sale of Samsung’s new Galaxy Nexus smartphones.
The models use the newest version of Google’s Android operating system known as ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’.
The lawsuit could also impact other companies who plan to adopt the latest Android system including Taiwan’s HTC and Motorola Mobility.
Samsung said in a statement that it is aware of the filing by Apple in the California court: “We continue to assert our intellectual property rights and defend against Apple’s claims to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communications business.”
Apple and Samsung are waging more than 20 legal fights in at least 10 countries in their fight for global leadership of smartphone and tablet computer markets.
The two are due to go to trial in the same Californian court later this year over a previous claim of patent infringement made by Apple against Samsung.