Apple Filed Preliminary Injunction Against Samsung To Ban The Galaxy Nexus In US, Attacking Android 4.0 With 4 Tough Patents

Posted on Feb 12 2012 - 6:03am by Editorial Staff

FOSS Patents reported yesterday that the iPhone maker, Apple has filed a preliminary injunction motion in the United States District Court against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on the account of infringement on four patents held by the company – Galaxy Nexus is an official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Samsung lead device in close venture with Google.

The motion which was filed Thursday conclusively consist of four patents of which three of these patents were recently granted – starting with number “8” accounting the eight millionth US patent issued in September 2011 – the most recent one was “data tapping” patent. These all patents are all relatively “new fillings”, on which even some of them have hardly seen any of the legal action before.

The four patents:

  • The “data tapping” patent based on which the ITC ordered an import ban against HTC – which saw some success earlier last year.
  • A patent related to Siri and unified search, which must be of huge concern to Google with a view to its core business
  • A new slide-to-unlock patent that even had the head of the Taiwanese government profoundly worried
  • A word completion patent that provides major speed improvements for touchscreen text entry

Apple recently saw a major victory which had been suffering through something of a losing a big fish against Motorola. Recently German court granted an injunction against sales of many of Apple’s 3G-bearing products, including older model iPhones and the iPad. That injunction held for less than a day, however, pending further review of Motorola’s claims against Apple.

Apple even also has reportedly asked the telecom standards body responsible for patent licensing across Europe to lay down a set of basic principles governing how companies license patents, increasingly contentious topics for rivals in the Smartphone industry.

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