Ban on Galaxy Nexus US Sales Upheld
Recently, Apple won a preliminary injunction banning US sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, a high-profile Android phone that was the lead device for Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”.
It was given away to attendees at last week’s Google I/O conference to show off the forthcoming Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean”. The ban followed a similar injunction that barred the sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 that was issued a few days earlier.
Samsung appealed both of the injunctions in hopes of continuing sales of the devices as the cases over Android software features proceed through full trials.
However, the judge oversaw both cases and rejected Samsung’s appeal in the Galaxy Tab 10.1 case over the weekend. On Tuesday, 3 July 2012, judge declined the Samsung’s appeal in the Galaxy Nexus case. AllThingsD has more on the developments:
US District Court Judge Lucy Koh ruled that there was not sufficient evidence to put the ban on hold while Samsung pursues an appeal.
“Although some consumers may be disappointed that they cannot purchase the Galaxy Nexus, the Galaxy Nexus, as Samsung itself has repeatedly insisted, is not Samsung’s only smartphone product on the market,” Koh wrote in the ruling.
Just minutes after this verdict, AllThingsD also reported that Google and Samsung have developed a software workaround that they believe will satisfactorily address the infringement issue being claimed by Apple, which involves a unified search function related to Siri’s abilities.
First and foremost, Samsung and Google have a software patch that they believe avoids infringing the Apple patent that led to the injunction. That patch is expected to be pushed out imminently, Google said.
Google and Samsung are also continuing to pursue the matter on other fronts. Google has long patents battle with Apple. Google is also seeking to have Apple’s patent ruled invalid through reexamination by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Source: Mac Rumors