Apple granted preliminary U.S. injunction on Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus

By , Jun 29, 2012

Apple has just been granted a preliminary injunction on the sales of Samsung’s popular Galaxy Nexus handset here in the U.S., based on possible patent infringement. The ruling comes just a week after the company won a similar injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab tablet…

The decision comes once again from U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh, and involves a total of 4 patents: The ‘647 patent, which Apple used in its ITC victory against HTC. The ‘721 patent, which covers the ‘slide to unlock’ feature. And patents ‘172 and ‘604.

It sounds like the primary reason for the injunction is the ‘604 patent, which involves unified search functionality. FOSS Patents explains:

“Apple and its lawyers convinced Judge Koh that the Galaxy Nexus likely infringes all four of the patents asserted in the preliminary injunction motion, and that all four of them are likely valid. But in the United States, injunctive relief is granted only if monetary damages are insufficient to make the right holder whole, and if other requirements are met. Courts apply the four-factor eBay v. MercExchange test.

Apple’s motion passed that test with respect to the “Siri patent”, a patent on unified search. It must be a huge disappointment for Google to lose this lawsuit over a search patent.”

The injunction goes into affect as soon as Apple posts bond, which is rumored to be in the neighborhood of $96 million. The money will go to Samsung in the event that it wins the case, to help it recoupe its losses from the sales ban.

Samsung will obviously appeal the ruling, as it has already done with last week’s decision. In fact, Judge Koh is expected to rule on Sunday night regarding Samsung’s motion to stay the Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction.

As frustrating as the last two weeks have been, Samsung’s not in any real danger (yet). The Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been out for almost two years now, and the Galaxy Nexus was released late last fall.

Now, if these injunctions spill over into the company’s latest handset, the Galaxy S III, that would be a real problem. Especially with the holidays now just a few months away.

[TheNextWeb]

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  • http://twitter.com/2morebatteries AAAA

    Day-by-day, I’m leaning towards Android.

    • http://twitter.com/Grolubao Grolubao

      Same… Or Apple REALLY surprises me with the iPhone 5 or it’s SGIII all the way for me. Tired of always having to wait for a jailbreak just to have my calendar and toggles on the lock screen.

      • http://www.facebook.com/derfaust.mobile Der Faust

        small price to pay :)…. android sucks……live with the one or two taps :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1639728973 Albert Shin

        Where is your reasoning behind this accusation?

      • maurid

        Android sucks? Do expand your opinion, please.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1071132386 Jimmy Chen

        You’re a fool. Even if you think android sucks, there’s no doubt that having multiple competitive companies in an industry promotes innovation.

      • Kok Hean

        Tell me more about how “crappy” Android is.

    • http://www.facebook.com/derfaust.mobile Der Faust

      you would regret it. android is so fragmented….and you will find yourself spending more time getting the phone to work than actually using the phone.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1639728973 Albert Shin

        That’s like saying Miranda IM or Foobar2K is terrible just because it takes a while to setup and getting the application to work. Just because something is inconvenient to setup or use doesn’t mean it’s terrible. At the end, you’re left with something that you have made to suit your needs and at the end of the day, it gives you this feeling of satisfaction.

        On another note, iPhone is terribly annoying to customize. Want to change your homescreen? Just download Springtomize, StatusTweak, Winterboard, Iconoclasm, Gridlock, etc. and you’ll have the homescreen of your dreams. On the other hand, Android just requires one simple ROM or a launcher.

      • maurid

        How so? What could possibly take you so long to setup? Have you ever used an Android phone before?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1071132386 Jimmy Chen

        Yeah, I find most people making these arguments are the ones that have never even touched an Android phone. My mom picked up Android having never used an iOS device beforehand in around 3 minutes.
        Also fragmentation has nothing to do with usability, unless you’re moving from one device to the next.

  • http://twitter.com/justinetobi Justine Tobi Dayao

    Yeah, this is Apple about now, Lawsuits. No more innovating “products.” >.<

  • M_AlO

    I’m starting to get tired of all this crap..

  • http://www.facebook.com/derfaust.mobile Der Faust

    it is as simple as this…….android copied apple…..(i know…. apple has copied from android, but not an entire interface???). even in the beginning of android, they copied the blackberry design and interface(we all know how that is going)….then boom, the iPhone came out and android changed quite a bit and took most of what is from iOS (gotta love Schmidt being on the apple board). android has never been original, just reverse engineered….(reminds me of Microsoft…)… it is like a ford with a Chevy engine, a Toyota transmission, an alternator from a datsun (old tech), a water pump from a dodge, a power steering pump from a Subaru, etc……..all wrapped up in one device(no wonder they never work right)….. this coming from some who has had multiple android devices, hoping they would get it right……they havnt yet…… before the iphone, there was nothing like it…..nothing……this is why Apple was copied like they were…….

    i have been a smart phone user since 2000(windows CE, Pocket PC 2002……all the way up the windows mobile 6.5….. not to mention the android devices, and then finally my 3gs and my 4s)…….lol, i remember people making fun of the fact that my phone was so big(a 3.5ish inch screen was an oddity back then)….but NO ONE got it right til Apple released the iPhone and its OS.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1849765376 Jordan Rushing

      You’re clearly a baseless fanboy, and if you were truly an Apple fan, you’d respect what Steve Jobs HIMSELF once said “A good artist creates, a great artist steals.” All the iPhone and iOS is, is literally copied material. And as an Apple fan, I’m sure, you will admit iOS has features Android doesn’t. And you’d also recognize Android has features iOS is only JUST NOW beginning to implement. I’m an Apple, Windows, Blackberry, Android, webOS, Symbian, Tizen, and Bada fan. I don’t recommend any one device over the other. I just had to giggle over your comment. It was pretty funny.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1639728973 Albert Shin

        I agree. You don’t reinvent the wheel if something has been already perfected.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1849765376 Jordan Rushing

        Precisely.

      • http://www.facebook.com/derfaust.mobile Der Faust

        “You’re clearly a baseless fanboy, and if you were truly an Apple fan, you’d respect what Steve Jobs HIMSELF once said “A good artist creates, a great artist steals.” ….no i am someone who has spent 14-15 years using pocket computer devices and have A LOT of experience/education in this area…..(hacking, baking ROMs, writing utilities to fix things, etc…)….

        “I’m an Apple, Windows, Blackberry, Android, webOS, Symbian, Tizen, and Bada fan.”…..lol….i am a fan of what works the best :)….. and after the plethora of pocket computer devices i have used….the iphone works the best……simple as that :)…. your statement reminds me of computers when they first could be bought and used in your home…..there were like a dozen different types, but only 2 or 3 were worth anything really….

        “And as an Apple fan, I’m sure, you will admit iOS has features Android doesn’t. And you’d also recognize Android has features iOS is only JUST NOW beginning to implement.. “…. that’s right, not everything is the same….lol…..but i had a ton more issues with things working RIGHT in android….. just because it says its there dosent mean it will work(on all sides)

        “I don’t recommend any one device over the other. I just had to giggle over your comment. It was pretty funny.”….thats too bad……if someoneasks you, you should recommend the one that, in your opinion, works the best…..really…. and it is too bad you had to get a little insulting at the end there. sorry if we dont agree, but one should never be rude to someone like that.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1849765376 Jordan Rushing

        Wasn’t rude. Posting blatant facts. I can’t help if you’re too close-minded to accept the clearness that is reality. And if you’ve had tech experience, you just contradicted yourself. Then you would know Android is the superior platform based on it’s openness, and that everything you get from a jailbroken iPhone comes STOCK on any Android Device.

        “the iphone works the best……simple as that :)…. your statement reminds me of computers when they first could be bought and used in your home…..there were like a dozen different types, but only 2 or 3 were worth anything really…” This is again, close-mindedness. Not one operating system is better than the other, opinion has no place in the tech world, ironically, I say that in my opinion.

        “if someoneasks you, you should recommend the one that, in your opinion, works the best…..” Nowhere in the article above, nor did anyone here in the comments ask you which one works best. Not one OS is better than any other…there is no opinion. Only fact.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1849765376 Jordan Rushing

        Wow…my comment in a nutshell: “No OS is the best.” LOL

      • Manuel Angel

        Is this why we still have to jailbreak our iPhones because Apple won’t release features that Android implements on their products right out the box?

  • Appletiser

    i would consider switching to android IF recent device failure experiences hadn’t convinced a friend to switch from android to iOS. 6 HTC Sensation exchanges and 3 Galaxy S2’s in 5 months is a joke no matter how loyal an android fan you are.

    • maurid

      Did your friend root those phones? Because that would be a whole other story. I don’t trust root, personally :P

      • Appletiser

        nope, he’s a generic user, not into rooting, the devices were used as they came out of the box – boxes they were quickly packed back into :)

      • maurid

        I switched from an i4 to a Galaxy S2 back in March. I thought it was THE best phone ever, until I saw the Nexus. I got the Nexus and it was AWESOME. Bottomline, it all depends on how well you take care of your phones. I personally wouldn’t go back to iOS, I am a bit pissed off however that I dropped my Nexus from waist-high and the plastic KINDA broke

      • Appletiser

        he didn’t own each device long enough to mistreat them, not that he ever would because he’s not that type of person, he’s actually over protective of them :P

      • http://twitter.com/Chemicalzifyy Lmao Lol

        @maurid lulz

      • http://twitter.com/Chemicalzifyy Lmao Lol

        ol

      • http://twitter.com/Chemicalzifyy Lmao Lol

        @ lol

  • http://twitter.com/Dongiuj DonGiuj

    PATENT! PATENT! PATENT!
    All you companies, shut the F¥€K UP!!!!!!!
    Make products and let the consumer have the choice. Just like TVs, just like cameras, just like cars and just like almost everything in life that we buy.
    Live by the patent, die by the patent. Hopefully.

    • http://twitter.com/Chemicalzifyy Lmao Lol

      Sure. And when you create something, I’ll copy it and sell it as my own.

    • http://twitter.com/Chemicalzifyy Lmao Lol

      Sure. And when you create something, I’ll copy it and sell it as my own.

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    apple gets sued just as much as the next company out there but nobody ever mentions that…i was a die hard fandroid coming from the OG droid/nexus 1 days but i cant go back…7 months after ICS gets released with only 7% of handsets using it and they already release jellybean?..thats ridiculous

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1071132386 Jimmy Chen

      Jellybean is 4.1, even though it’s loaded with features it’s not a big version jump. Not to mention another new version puts pressure on manufacturers to push out updates.

  • http://twitter.com/CokerGerald Gerald Coker

    apple always taking other competitors to court to me creates the impression that other devices need to fail in other for them to succeed . do they want to be the only company making devices for us? that would definitely suck!!! i use a 4s but i admire the products from other companies as well. ios or andriod both are awesome. you decide what you want

    • http://twitter.com/CokerGerald Gerald Coker

      you know what honesly an iphone without a jailbreak is really shit. i practically wasn’t using my 4s when i got it because it came with 5.1 out of the box and there was no jailbreak that time. idk about you but i can’t use an iphone if it’s not jailbroken

      • Simon Reidy

        Totally agree. If jailbreaking was no longer possible for some reason, I would switch to Android in a hearbeat. Stock iOS is so incomplete without tweaks that make it function the way you want.

  • http://twitter.com/alexjcrowe Alex Crowe

    So I just bought a nexus early today from google.. Does that mean I won’t get my nexus?