Samsung does not want to hear this. Last weekend, a California court granted Apple a preliminary injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus phone, piling on an earlier decision to ban the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Judge Lucy Koh granted Apple’s request of a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Nexus. The sales ban was ruled to go into effect immediately after Apple payed the $96 million bond.
Judge Koh cited US Patent No. 8,086,604 which covered Siri voice commands and a unified search functionality. Other patents cited in the case include US patents:
*8,086,604- “universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system”
*8,074,172- “method, system and graphical user interface for providing word recommendations”
*8,046,721- The famous slide to unlock patent
*5,946,647- “system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer generated data.” This was previously used successfully against HTC in a case levied before the International Trade Commission.
After a ban on Google’s flagship Android device, it would be interesting to see how the Galaxy S III and other Android device sales are influenced by the devices absence as well as the iPhone.
The preliminary injunction is by no means a final verdict but it is possible that Apple could see some sort of restitution in addition to the injunction as the trial advances.