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Patent wars: Apple granted a preliminary sales injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the US

Patent wars: Apple granted a preliminary sales injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the US



On Friday US judge Lucy Koh granted Apple a preliminary injunction against the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone. Last week Koh granted a similar ban on the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy 10.1 Tab in the US. Apple and Samsung have been battling it out lately, in what same are calling the ‘Patent wars”.  Apple claims that the Korean electronics maker “slavishly” copied a number of features from its iOS devices for use in Samsung’s own products, such as the Galaxy tablet and Nexus smartphone. The war goes back and fourth between the two, with Samsung also claiming the same against Apple in court.

The ban will go in effect as soon as Apple posts bond (approximately $96 million). Samsung could of course appeal the ban in court, and that could happen as early as next week. However If Samsung is unable to sway the court to reverse this decision the injunction will remain in effect until the trial is concluded. The worst part of this case is that the ban seems to be software related, and the Galaxy Nexus is running stock android 4.0 (soon to be 4.1) straight from the Google. Is apple taking the patent wars to far? Should Google attack Apple, about there somewhat “new” notification system that is very similar to what Android has been using for years.  Google has yet to have there patent approved for the notification system. As a result of the sales ban, Samsung and Google’s co-developed flagship device for the Android 4.0 will have to be stripped of some or all of its Siri-like functionality. Unless Google and Samsung can work out an agreement with the court.

Samsung said it is disappointed with the court order and will take all legal measures.

“We are currently working closely with Google to resolve this matter, as the patent in question concerns Google’s unified search function,” said Nam Ki-yung, a Samsung spokesman.

 

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