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Apple bids to cancel Samsung's Galaxy S III launch in US

updated 06:20 pm EDT, Wed June 6, 2012

Apple expects S III to violate same patents as Nexus, seeks injunction

Apple is attempting to preemptively stop the sales of the Samsung Galaxy S III phone in the United States. Tuesday night, Apple filed a motion in its ongoing litigation against Samsung asking for permission from Judge Lucy Koh to add the S III as another product violating unified search (Siri), and patents related to data-tapping in text messages and the browser, such as when a phone number appears on a text or web page and can be tapped to initiate a call. Apple states in the filing that "it is clear that infringement can be shown with respect to these patents based on the current record."

Apple's counsel contacted Samsung's counsel on May 31 to discuss Apple's plan to include the S III among the list of patent-violating products. Samsung's legal team retorted on June 4 that "Apple's pending Preliminary Injunction Motion will have no bearing on the release date of the Galaxy S III."

Following Samsung's rejection, Apple then filed the motion on June 5. Samsung responded today to Apple's motion, suggesting to the court that if Apple wishes to shut down US Galaxy S III sales, a new motion is needed, and Samsung should be allowed to develop a full defense against the accusation in a separate legal battle.

The earlier injunction motion filed against the Galaxy Nexus is over four patents, two of which Apple has asserted in this motion against the S III. Apple is still analyzing the S III for infringements of the other two -- the slide-to-unlock, and the auto-complete patents.

Apple is waiting on the appeals court to turn over jurisdiction back to Judge Koh's court for an injunction on the Galaxy 10.1 tablet. Judge Koh is hearing separate infringement cases between Apple and Samsung, and earlier decreed that the sides needed to narrow the number of patents in question. Court-mandated negotiations between the CEOs of Samsung and Apple held late last month failed to reach a settlement, leading to the trial.

12-06-05 Apple Motion on Galaxy S III

by MacNN Staff



  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969



    No shame whatsoever. Secretly I wouldn't be surprised if Apple is looking for a new partner, or the WILL to develop their own stuff. That will knock $8-20 Billion out of Samsung's receipts. Incredibly stupid.

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  1. simon42

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple is looking more and more desperate

    Apple is looking more and more desperate.

    And seriously, you have to realize that it's Apple that can't do without Samsung's manufacturing expertise. It's a nice cash input for Samsung but they can make their products on their own - and Apple can't change that. Just look at how long and how many rumours it took to possibly, hypothetically get rid of Google's Maps.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple is caught between a rock and a hard place...

    It NEEDS Samsung's manufacturing tech for it's displays and processors,
    but it fears Samsung as a competitor.

    Thus it's interim solution is to litigate.

    I say interim, because I believe one powerful reason it might have to keep the huge cash reserve it has is to invest into state of the art robotic fabs in US soil.

    Apple has become too big to rely in external providers that can actually turn into competitors in a snap.

  1. UmarOMC

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's business.

    That Galaxy S III looks like a cool phone although, like with my Sensation, I'd probably stick a black piece of plastic neatly over the user-facing camera... the dang thing tracks your eyes moving to control the screen's dimming feature, assuming you're reading.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    ORLY, Arne?

    so if Apple NEEDS Samsung... couldn't Samsung cripple or kill the iPhone by refusing to manufacture for Apple? Why wouldn't they do so?

    Gee, maybe because they know Apple could go elsewhere, so why not have their business.

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