A California court granted Apple a preliminary injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus phone today, piling on an earlier decision to ban the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
After a week filled with news surrounding Google’s I/O conference this injunction is a damper on an otherwise buzz-worthy week for Google, and their production partner Samsung. Judge Lucy Koh granted Apple’s request of a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Nexus with the sales ban going into effect immediately after Apple pays the $96 million bond.
Judge Koh cited U.S. Patent No. 8,086,604 which covers Siri voice commands and a unified search functionality. Other patents cited in the case include U.S. 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.
With Google’s flagship Android device off the shelves for the time being, it’ll be interesting how the Galaxy S III and other Android device sales are influenced by the devices absence as well as the iPhone. While the preliminary injunction is by no means a final verdict, it is possible Apple could see some sort of restitution in addition to the injunction as the trial advances.