The war between Samsung and Apple continues as Apple requests a United States Preliminary Injunction on Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus. The request was filed in a U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Thursday, and the documents were released Friday. FOSS Patents discovered that Apple is basing its request for an injunction on four recently granted patents:

  1. The “data tapping” patent that the ITC ordered an import ban against HTC.
  2. A patent related to Siri and unified search that must be a huge concern to Google with a view to its core business.
  3. A new slide-to-unlock patent that even had the head of the Taiwanese government profoundly worried.
  4. A word completion patent that provides major speed improvements for touchscreen text entry.

The second patent (seen above) concerns Apple’s Siri technology. Google has similar a voice technology, and Apple wants to slash the accurate but not as robust feature out of the picture. The third slide-to-unlock patent is something that Apple has been after for a while, based on earlier patents. Apple also recently sued Samsung in a separate lawsuit over the fourth autocorrect patent.

Will the injunction be granted? Probably not, but it is interesting to see Apple keep trying. A judge will make a ruling in the coming months.

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4 Responses to “Apple asks for US Preliminary Injunction on Samsung Galaxy Nexus”

  1. Littlebiz says:

    Although I love the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and also the S series of Samsung, I do recognize Apple as the pioneer in the smartphone field. But that's competition, is not enough to be the first, you have to keep being the best.

  2. SChaser says:

    Which again leads to the question: since Samsung makes the processors that Apple uses in its mobile products, why are they putting up with this patent nonsense?

  3. FFBBG says:

    Can't believe Apple has gotten patents on this stuff, for the sake of our industry, they have to lose.

    1. Skype has been doing that for years. And yes this is essentially a "discovered" hyperlink, just common-sense.
    2. Unified search? Like what Google, Wolfram Alpha and others have been doing on the web, not to mention the search boxes on Mac, Windows and Linux desktops?
    3. This has been shown on at least one phone before the iPhone was invented.
    4. Word completion has been around on phones before. Yes not touch screen, but suggestions and auto-corrections the user can choose.

  4. manoj says:

    Samsung has over 36500 mobile patents and the total number of mobile patents held by Android manufacturers exceeds 100000. So, this war isn't going to end soon. Also, every one who buys an Apple product is adding more fuel to this detrimental patent war.