Apple and Samsung battle over Galaxy Nexus ban, Samsung argues Apple not harmed by "minuscule" sales

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| August 20, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Nexus rear

It's been a while since we've heard anything in the battle between Apple and Samsung related to the Galaxy Nexus, but today a bit more information came out as the lawyers for the two companies were duking it out in appeals court. The purpose of these appeals court gathering is to determine whether or not the Galaxy Nexus should be banned while the main trial takes place. Apple lawyer Mark Perry argued that the Galaxy Nexus was Samsung's "top of the line, Cadillac phone" that it introduced to go up against the iPhone and that the Nexus copied the universal search feature used by Siri in an attempt to steal market share from Apple.

On the other side of things, Samsung lawyer John Quinn insisted that Apple wasn't harmed by the sales of the Galaxy Nexus, which he described as "minuscule." Quinn went on to claim that Samsung sold around $250 million worth of the Galaxy Nexus in its first two quarters of availability, adding that it earned around 0.5 percent of the market "at most." Finally, the lawyer said that  many customers didn't even know that the Galaxy Nexus had a universal search feature, and that they chose it for Android itself instead. Samsung is trying to keep the Galaxy Nexus on the market during this trial and is also fighting the validity of Apple's patent.

Apple originally won a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Nexus here in the U.S. at the tail end of June, but then Samsung ended up appealing the ban and won a temporary stay on it, allowing the Galaxy Nexus to remain on the market for a undetermined amount of time. It's not yet clear exactly when the judges in this appeals battle will issue a ruling, but one of them did touch a bit on the case, saying that the "mudslinging and rhetoric" going on between the two sides "turns off the judges." The case is currently scheduled to go to trial in March 2014.

Via The Verge, Bloomberg

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