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Android Jelly Bean targeted as Apple expands patent lawsuit against Samsung

Apple wants a taste of Jelly Bean. The company this week requested that a California court add the latest version of Google's operating system to an ongoing patent case against Samsung.

As reported by Bloomberg, Apple also claimed that the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet violates its patent.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 runs an earlier version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, but will likely get the Jelly Bean treatment at some point. The device does, however, use a stylus, and according to Bloomberg, Apple wants to add 17 devices to the case "that could use a stylus" even if they don't ship with one.

At this point, the only Jelly Bean-based device that Apple wants to add to its complaint is the Galaxy Nexus smartphone. In late June, Judge Lucy Koh found that the Galaxy Nexus, the first US phone to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, likely infringed on four patents cited by Apple, allowing a ban. But a US Appeals Court last month overturned that ban.

Apple and Samsung have been busy adding each other's flagship devices to this case. Apple went after the Galaxy S3 this summer, and Samsung targeted the iPhone 5 last month.

This patent case is separate from the one that Apple won in August, though they are moving through the same court. This case is expected to go to trial in March 2014.

In June, Judge Lucy Koh approved a ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the earlier case. Her decision stemmed from a December ruling that denied Apple's request for a preliminary injunction against four Samsung products that the Cupertino-based firm claimed infringed upon its patents. That ban was overturned in October after the jury found that Samsung did not infringe on Apple's iPad design patent.