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.

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.