Apple has won a second victory in the space of a week against Android devices today with an American judge granting its request for an injunction against Samsung.
The Galaxy Nexus smart phone by Samsung and Google has been barred from the US market – the world's largest just ahead of China – due to the probality that it is engaging in patent infringements against competitor Apple Inc.
Judge Lucy Koh of the US District Court for the Northern District of California found the Galaxy Nexus probably infringes four patents belonging to Apple Inc and agreed to grant an injunction to Apple while the court considers Apple's claim that the South Korean company has infringed its patents.
"Apple has clearly shown that it is likely to suffer irreparable harm in the absence of preliminary injunctive relief," Judge Lucy Koh stated.
The four patents that Samsung has likely breached are: Slide-to-lock/unlock, Data tapping, Auto correct and Siri's unified search function.
Judge Koh then ordered Apple to post a $96 million bond — the sum being an estimation of the damage suffered by Samsung from the temporary ban on its sales —should the iPhone maker lose to Samsung in later proceedings, scheduled for 2014. The sales ban in the United States will be effective immediately when Apple posts the bond.
With the Galaxy SIII already the subject of preliminary legal proceedings by Apple, there is little doubt that either a settlement or further legal proceedings lie ahead for the Samsung Google partnership.
This case has ramifications for future patent disputes relating to fair and reasonable, non-discriminatory licensing.