Apple Wins Preliminary Injunction Against Samsung Galaxy Nexus

A week after the U.S. launch of the Galaxy S III and a few days after the announcement of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Samsung has some bad news.

According to Reuters, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh granted Apple a preliminary injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, which will effectively ban the phone in the U.S. until the conclusion of a trial court verdict. The decision is very similar to the recent injunction Koh granted for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

For the preliminary injunction to take effect, Apple must post a bond of $96 million, though Samsung does have the opportunity to appeal.

It is important to remember, however, that users can still buy the Galaxy Nexus now. Like the HTC One X, retailers can still sell the Galaxy Nexus until stock runs out.

Reuters reporter Dan Levine tweeted about the decision. According to Levine, Judge Koh’s decision is largely based on Apple’s 8,086,604 patent which involves universal search. The patent is Apple’s Siri patent, and the same one Apple used in an attempt to add the Galaxy S III to this preliminary injunction.

In the court case, Apple argued the patent also covers text search, which Judge Koh seems to agree with, according to FOSS Patents.

Remember, this case started before Google unveiled Google Now which arguably copies Siri and could lead to a number of other problems for Samsung and other manufacturers.

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Judge Koh found that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus infringes on all four patents in the case which also include slide to unlock, data tapping, and autocorrect. The judge didn’t believe the other three patents presented potential damage to Apple, however, as they are not features that consumers will specifically search for in a smartphone, and are unlikely to cause irreparable harm.

Apple can now choose to add the Galaxy S III to the injunction, a move that would delay the court case. However, if Apple only used the one patent for the injunction, the court case likely won’t be moved too far into the future.

Comments

  1. JR says

    Apple, please go away! You’re really creating a lot of enemies with all these lawsuits. Enough is enough!

  2. Subhankar says

    looser will be always looser. android is the best & will always be the best. do you guys think that every people have a dumb head that they will buy your PRECIOUS CRAPS? you are wrong apple. use your money to develop your CRAPS.

  3. Tarun Elankath says

    Looks like Judge Lucy is on the Apple payroll. She must be rolling in apples hidden somewhere.

    Anyways I guess the US can stick to one smartphone…Apple. The rest of the world will be happy actually having a market,.you know..the kind of the stuff that a capitalist system actually encourages ?

  4. mjs1231 says

    What a joke, in a few months no one will care.

    I had google search a long time ago via dev work.

    Manoply men are the exact oposite than a free market.

    The united states should be a free and open market that all can compete in.

    All parties are guilty of artificial ram scarcity.

  5. Jason says

    Well you do know that Apple is a cult, right? Their plan is to ban choice and freedom by forcing you to just follow/obey the Apple communist ecosystem lmao!!

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