Samsung and Apple just can’t keep their hands off each other. Both companies are locked in rigorous litigation in a variety of countries around the world. These companies don’t show any signs of backing down rather every other week we hear of lawsuits and counter-suits being filed. Apple is now going after Samsung in the USA as it seeks an injunction to ban Galaxy Nexus Sale in USA.
The Korean and the Cupertino California based company have quite a history of litigation against each other in the not so distant past. Apple started off by getting an injunction banning sale of Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Samsung’s case suffered a blow when it’s own lawyer could not differentiate between iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the hearing. Apple then moved a court in Germany to ban Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales there and was awarded the injunction. Samsung made minor tweaks to the tablet and then launched it again. Immediately after Apple released iPhone 4S, Samsung tried to ban its sales in Italy however the Italian court did not ban iPhone 4S sales. Now we have today’s fiasco in which Apple wants to ban sales of Samsung’s flagship Android smartphone in the United States.
Apple believes that the Galaxy Nexus infringes upon four of its patents, hence it has filed the motion for an injunction against it. Given the fact that Galaxy Nexus is powered by stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with no alterations done by Samsung, the complaint is much more focused on the software than the hardware. Google owns Android and has actively worked on production of Galaxy Nexus, so this new motion for injunction can also be considered as a jab to Google.
The four patents include a ‘data tapping’ patent which is linked to Siri’s search functionality. The second patent is about the legendary slide-to-unlock gesture. The other patents relate to how words are recommended automatically as soon as the user begins entering text.
Apple has already used the ‘data tapping’ patent to win an injunction against import of HTC devices. This ban will be enforced merely two months from now. Rest of the patents have yet to see legal action. However if Apple wins, this could be a serious blow to Google and the progress of Android operating system.