Apple Files for Preliminary Injunction Against Samsung Products

The battle between Apple and Samsung has just been escalated. On Friday, just before a long holiday weekend, Apple filed a preliminary injunction against Samsung with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, seeking to block sales of four of Samsung's latest mobile devices.

Those four devices include three smartphones and one tablet: the Infuse (AT&T), Galaxy S 4G (Sprint), Droid Charge (Verizon), and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet (wi-fi and Verizon). The Galaxy Tab 10.1 has not shipped on Verizon's network yet, but the other devices are all shipping.

Apple claims these products infringe on three of its design patents, and one utility patent.

In its filing, Apple said, "A preliminary injunction is necessary not only to protect Apple's rights, but also to protect the public interest. Because Apple has demonstrated a likelihood of success on its claims, the public interest would be served by prohibiting Samsung from infringing Apple's patents."

Those are the only devices that Apple has asked for a preliminary injunction on, although other devices were included in its initial lawsuit. For now, the still-to-be-released Galaxy S II smartphone and Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet are unaffected, but the Cupertino company said that it "reserves the right to seek a preliminary injunction against those two products as their release becomes imminent."

Apple filed suit against Samsung in April. Samsung later fired back with its own lawsuit.

Despite the legal battles, it's always seemed that the two companies would work things out, based on the fact that Samsung was one of Apple's biggest suppliers, including the A5 chip used in the iPad 2 and expected to be used in the iPhone 5. However, a recent report indicated that Apple would be dumping Samsung, and would instead use TSMC for the A6 SoC (system-on-a-chip).

Meanwhile, Samsung hasn't stood still this week. On Tuesday, Samsung filed an International Trade Commission (ITC) complaint against Apple, seeking an import ban against the iPhone, iPad and iPod product lines within 16 to 18 months. It also filed a lawsuit in Delaware.

On Wednesday, Samsung filed a lawsuit with the London-based High Court of England and Wales. On that day, the Wall Street Journal reported on a recent Samsung lawsuit in Italy.

Finally, on Thursday, Samsung increased the number of U.S. patents involved in its lawsuit by two, now asserting that Apple violates 17 different Samsung U.S. patents.

It looks like the two "partners" are heading for an unhappy divorce.
Via:  FOSS Patents
Tags:  Samsung, Apple, Lawsuit
der meister 3 years ago

Samsung should just stop supplying the A5 chip and give apple the finger... teach apple to bite the had that feeds...

3vi1 3 years ago

I propose a new law: When patents are declared obvious or overly broad, the 'inventor' and the lawyers representing them may be sentenced to six months in a federal penitentiary at the discretion of the Judge. We'd see a lot fewer patent lawsuits designed to eliminate fair competition.

Ornamental design patents? For Jeebus sake....

rapid1 3 years ago

I agree with you on that 3vi1 it has gotten quite ridiculous really.

The funny part about this (in a derogatory sense) is that the Galaxy SII has not yet been released in the US, but is supposed to be released on the 22nd or 26th of this month. I imagine it is the reason for this as well which seems kind of funny that it is not directly included. All of the other devices have been on sale in the US. It also means that more than likely with AT&T and Apple still being bedfellows in a sense that they won't sell it at all, and almost all of the other devices except the SPRINT one are some of AT&T's big sellers I am pretty sure.

Another funny part is that from what I have heard is that the Sprint model is being modeled after the EPIC with a drop down keyboard, so it will be particularly different in design, but have the same internals and software, then will externally be modeled in a co-design way with SPRINT so particularly different as well as involving 2 companies specifically. SO it really looks like a big win to me for Sprint because they are most likely the only one in America who will have it period. As this has been the best selling smart phone on Android singularly world wide (it has been released for months basically everywhere except in the US on many carriers).

inspector 3 years ago

I would propose an idea: Let the world be free, remove patents, copyright, trademarks and all! :D lol Ya i can see that may cause caos, but look how it is currently :P

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