Apple Antics: Apple wins preliminary injunction of the Galaxy Nexus in the USA
Apple, Apple, Apple – when will you learn?
It appears that for the Cupertino company the answer is never. Apple has today had some more antics and have been granted a preliminary injunction of Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus over in the US (thank God we live down under). This request was made back in February for a few different patents, most of which have had workarounds done in Android 4.o.
However, there is one patent in particular in which Apple is not very happy about. For those of you who care about the legal mumble jumble, this is patent 8,086,604 (multi-source searching). While there is no official court ruling available as of yet, Reuters legal reporter Dan Levine (who was in the room) has said that the major focus was on the ’604 patent. This pretty much refers to the ability of the OS to draw search results from a variety of sources and display them on one page. Sounds like any search you’ve seen before? Sounds like the nature of what a search actually is? I thought so too.
It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging. This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we’ve said many times before, we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.
The preliminary injunction will begin after Apple pays a $96USD million bond and will remain standing until the next stage of the court case. Thankfully for Samsung, this is in mid-July. Does mid-July sound familiar? Yeah, that’s when the Galaxy Nexus is supposed to be receiving Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This will then not only affect Samsung, but also Google. Hopefully this will encourage Google to step in and attack Apple with its recently acquired stack of Motorola patents.
This is the closest that Apple has come to directly threatening El Goog themselves, attacking the flagship pure Android device. Are we about to see the beginning of a full-fledged tech patent war? Or will this die down and subside in two weeks time? Let us know what you think!