US Court Grants Apple The Right To Ban Galaxy Nexus Sales


It’s definitely a good week for Apple, at least regarding the legal cases. It’s the second triumph against Samsung as its request for a pre-trial injunction against the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone was accepted by a judge on Friday.

It is well-known that the two major phone makers and engaged in a continuous legal battle in more than one country. Apple and Samsung accusing each other of patent violations. It’s obvious that both want to get the upper hand in this war because the stake is enormous. Who wouldn’t want to be in first place in a mobile market that keeps expanding?

The decision was made Friday by the same judge (U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California) that gave a pre-trial ban on sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 which is a direct competitor  of Apple’s iPad. This is a great victory for Apple because in most cases these kinds of pre-trial injunctions are refused. Apple had this experience last week when the company filed a request for an injunction against the Motorola Mobility and Richard Posner, who is a Chicago federal court judge, did not granted the injunction.

Judge Lucy Koh decided to schedule a hearing on Monday to weigh whether to put the Galaxy Nexus injunction on hold pending appeal. She added that Sunday she may determine if the earlier injunction on the Galaxy Tab should be put on hold.

The patent war began in 2010 since Apple started it. Since Google developed Android OS, it became the most used mobile operating system in the world, and Apple did not like it at all. The adversaries claim that Apple is abusing the patent lawsuits in an effort to stop the Android devices from completely taking over the market.

On the other hand, an Apple representative stated that Samsung is guilty of copying the appearance of its devices. No one from Samsung commented on the matter until now.

The injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus had one condition. Apple was requested to post a bond of over $95 million. If later on, the decision will be considered improper, the money will be used to pay for the damages supported by the South Korean phone maker. The court order will become effective after Apple will post the bond.

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