Apple Threatens To Block Samsung Galaxy S III With Restraining Order

Apple’s lawyers are threatening Samsung with a temporary restraining order to block the Galaxy S III U.S. release later this month.

According to 9To5Mac, Apple lawyer Josh Krevitt said the company could file the temporary retraining order as early as today. This comes just after Apple filed a motion to include the Samsung Galaxy S III in its preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Samsung’s lawyers recommended the judge throw out the motion before Krevitt threatened with the temporary restraining order.

Krevitt said the temporary restraining order will create “a mechanism to allow the court to decide this issue before the launch.” If Apple simply filed a new preliminary injunction it would have to wait until after the launch of the device.

Before Apple files the temporary restraining order Samsung must prove the Galaxy S III has a” different combination of features” from the Galaxy Nexus. That would prevent Apple from including the Galaxy S III in the injunction, at which point Krevitt will likely issue the temporary restraining order.

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According to Bloomberg, Samsung lawyer Bill Price claims Apple is trying to block the Galaxy S III before launch because Apple can’t “compete against new features.” Price said Apple wants to “prevent a phone from getting to the public that’s better than Apple’s in many, many respects.”

We believe claiming that one of the phones in question is purely subjective based on the user’s wants. We do, however, think Apple has good reason to go after the Galaxy S III by saying it violates Apple’s patent on Siri. S Voice clones almost everything about Siri, right down to the UI.

The court date for the preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Nexus is July 30, though a temporary restraining order might delay it.

Apple is also actively trying to ban the sale of 29 HTC devices for patent infringement even after Customs said the HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE didn’t infringe on the company’s patents.