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Apple granted injunction against Galaxy Nexus

updated 06:27 pm EDT, Fri June 29, 2012

Second Apple injunction versus Samsung this week

Northern District of California Judge Lucy Koh has awarded Apple a preliminary injunction against Samsung's Galaxy Nexus in court today. The injunction will take effect once Apple posts a $96 million bond in case the injunction is overturned on appeal. The Galaxy Nexus was Samsung's and Google's flagship smartphone, and non-CDMA versions remain on the reference phone list for Android 4.0. An appeal is expected.

Judge Koh passed out paper copies of the 101-page preliminary injunction ruling in court, saying that the injunction is primarily driven by the "unified search" (Siri) patent Apple has asserted in other cases. The court paperwork filed details that Apple has "articulated a plausible theory of irreparable harm" from "long-term loss of market share" and "losses of downstream sales."

Smartphone patent analyst Florian Mueller points out that Apple viewed Samsung to have infringed upon multiple patents, with the Siri unified search as one of them. Given this, Apple now could choose to move for preliminary injunctions on other Samsung products such as the Galaxy S III, and would likely prevail. In addition to having to put up additional bonds, however, Apple also risks a further delay to the start of the formal trial, but Mueller feels the delay would not be lengthy if the injunctions were grounded on a single patent.

Samsung has issued no comment on today's ruling. While not directly named in the lawsuit, Google remains involved by virtue of having developed Android, the operating system that the Galaxy Nexus uses. Google issued a statement on the injunction, saying: "We're disappointed with this decision, but we believe the correct result will be reached as more evidence comes to light."

"It's no coincidence that Samsung's latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging," an Apple spokesperson reiterated in reaction to the new ruling. "This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we've said many times before, we need to protect Apple's intellectual property when companies steal our ideas."

The injunction order can be read here, and MacNN will post a web version when it becomes available.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. thesearcher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Can't wait..

    for the gushing to begin:
    "Judge Koh is the greatest thing since sliced bread."
    "Marry me, Lucy."

    Of course, when she originally ruled against apple, out came the viatrol.

  1. LenE

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What's viatrol?

    Sounds like viagra mixed with a motor oil. Not sure how that fits.

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  1. thesearcher

    Joined: Dec 1969



    OK, vitriol. But I find it hard to believe you didn't know what that meant.

  1. ASathin8R

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Excellent news

    Judge Koh is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

    Marry me, Lucy!

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    LenE +1 thesearcher -1

    Anyone who defends bad spelling, grammar or punctuation with the "It doesn't matter how I spell if you knew what I meant" argument doesn't deserve to have any of their arguments taken seriously. :-)

  1. chas_m



    Of course

    you rail against a judge that doesn't see things your way, and praise one that does ... even if it's the same judge on different rulings! :)

    It's just validating your presumptions about the case. Perfectly normal, everyone does it.

    I do have to note, however, that the overall scoreboard shows that Apple is generally ahead in the Patent Wars and picking up steam. Apple's conceptual argument (which is also maintained by Microsoft and many other players) that FRAND patents shouldn't be legal weapons appears to be streaking to a perfect score.

    As with all legal battles there will be wins and losses for nearly everyone (as there have so far), but on the whole -- Google buying Motorola doesn't appear to be working out all that well, and Samsung is (at least at the moment) in serious trouble.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Here today, gone tomorrow?

    Galaxy Tab 10.1 - Banned last week..
    Galaxy Nexus phone - Banned today.
    Nexus 7 pad - Banned by the end of summer?

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Look alikes?

    My TV looks like any other HD TV. Why is it okay for the TVs to look the same (black rectangle with a glass screen), but not for phones and tablets?

  1. chirpy22

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we've said many times before, we need to protect Apple's intellectual property when companies steal our ideas."

    Yes, Apple never copies anything, right? (Konfabulator -> Dashboard, Blue SKy Heart Graphics -> Mac OS X UI, Delicius Library -> iBooks UI, I could go on).

  1. graxspoo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    SJ Clone

    Is it just me, or does the balding man standing behind the Asian guy in the photo for this article, look like a Steve Jobs clone. Is that how slavishly they copy Apple? They think we only like products presented to us by thin balding men wearing black turtlenecks? Is he anamatronic? Can you ask him directions and shake his hand?

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