Apple wins preliminary injunction against Samsung Galaxy Nexus [UPDATED]Alex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Looks like things are going Apple's way in court this week. Just a few days after the Cupertino firm was granted a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Reuters legal reporter Dan Levine has revealed that today Apple has won a similar ban on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus here in the U.S. The decision was handed down by Judge Lucy Koh, the same judge that issued the Tab 10.1 injunction, and this new Galaxy Nexus injunction will go into effect once Apple posts a bond of $95.6 million.
Apple originally filed its request for an injunction against the Galaxy Nexus in February, claiming that the device infringed upon four of its patents, including ones for slide-to-unlock and multi-source searching. Dan Levine reports that Judge Koh's ruling appears to be based on the latter patent, which The Verge explains involves searching several sources of information, both on the device and off (similar to Siri).
Normally being hit with just one preliminary injunction is bad news for a company, but this Galaxy Nexus injunction is the second that Samsung for Samsung this week. While we've yet to get a comment on the matter from Samsung, it seems likely that it'll try to appeal Judge Koh's ruling. The actual trial for this case between Apple and Samsung is slated to kick off at the end of July. We'll keep an eye out for more information on today's decision and pass along anything we find. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: We still haven't heard from Samsung on this matter, but Google has issued a statement on the ruling that reads thusly:
"We're disappointed with this decision, but we believe the correct result will be reached as more evidence comes to light."
Meanwhile, Judge Koh wrote in her official ruling that Apple "has shown a likelihood of prevailing on the merits of all four of its asserted patents." She adds that Apple has also shown that it'll likely face irreparable harm due to Samsung's infringement of the multi-source search patent if today's injunction isn't issued. "Samsung, by contrast, does not present any evidence of what hardship it will suffer if the injunction issues," Koh said.