Apple Seeks Preliminary Injunction against Samsung's Galaxy S III
Apple recently filed a motion to block U.S. sales of Samsung’s new Galaxy S III smartphone with claims of the handset being included as part of another ongoing preliminary injunction case against the Galaxy Nexus. According to FOSS Patents
, Apple claims the Galaxy S III, which is set to hit U.S. stores on June 21, should be considered a direct successor to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and therefore should be enjoined to the case already underway in California.
If the request is granted, the Nexus injunction suit could end up being a homerun for Apple as it would stop sales of both the legacy Galaxy handset as well as the yet to be released in the U.S., Galaxy S III. Apple procured that the new Galaxy S III which is on sale in the U.S. “clearly infringes at least two of the Apple patents at issue in the preliminary injunction motion for the exact same reasons as the Galaxy Nexus.”
Apple went on to say that “[according] to press reports, Samsung has already sold over nine million pre-orders of the Galaxy S III; indeed, the Galaxy S III has been reported to be the most extensively pre-ordered piece of consumer electronics in history.” As of right now, Apple is still investigating whether the Samsung device infringes on two other patents asserted in the original Nexus injunction motion. Since the S III is set to be released in two weeks, Apple is has limited “its current request for preliminary relief against the Galaxy S III to the '604 [unified search, Siri] and '647 [data tapping] patents, because it is clear that infringement can be shown with respect to these patents based on the current record."
Both Apple and Samsung seem to be continuing the disputes with one another and don’t seem to have any method to resolve their issues in sight. An injunction against the flagship Galaxy S III will likely have a large negative impact on the company’s bottom line so we’ll have to see what the court decides. In the meantime, the filing is the latest development in the companies’ worldwide patent struggle.
Source: FOSS Patents