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Preliminary Injunction Bars Samsung Galaxy Nexus Sale in the US

United States District Court Judge Lucy Koh issued preliminary injunction Friday, June 29th, 2012, barring sale of [easyazon-link asin=”B0061R2A1S” locale=”us”]Samsung Galaxy Nexus[/easyazon-link] in the US market. In what seems like a déjà vu, Apple won for the second time an order that would surely affect its competitor’s sales projection. Galaxy Nexus was designed by Google and manufactured by Samsung.

The injunction came as a slap for the search titan considering it was issued on the last day of Google I/O 2012 Developers Conference.  Google spent whole week distributing the device to developers knowing it is currently the only Android device capable of operating on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, its newest mobile OS. But Judge Koh believes that Apple is more likely to be able to prove at trial that some of the devices built by Samsung including Galaxy Nexus infringed four of its patents.

The injunction is currently not in effect as Koh waits for Apple to post $95.6 million bond. If the judge rules in favor of Samsung, the bond will be given to the Korean manufacturer for the damages it may incur because of Apple’s patent claim. Obviously, this is still not a clear win for the Cupertino-based tech giant; the decision may even go against it if its legal counsel fails to prove the infringements.

On Tuesday, the same judge issued an injunction for Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 barring its sale in the US. Apple was required to post $2.6 million for the injunction to take effect. In total, the company will have to post a bond of almost $100 million just to take both Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Nexus out of its way in preparation to the upcoming release of iPhone 5.

Meanwhile, a Google representative said that they are so frustrated with the latest development of the trial considering the impact of the claim to its brand. Just when the future of its hardware store that is attached to Google Play looks brighter than before, it is plagued with potentially lethal cases. But analysts believe the company has already foreseen this that is why it has the task to manufacture its new Nexus smartphone, which will come packed with Jelly Bean OS pre-installed, to Asus.

On the other hand, Apple rejoices over judge Koh’s order and went on to saying that it is never a coincidence for some of Samsung products to look like its own iPhone or iPad because the latter is blatantly copying almost every aspect of the former’s popular devices. The ‘604 patent which is being linked to the intelligent voice-recognition capability of Siri on iOS is the focus of the claim.

“Court finds that Apple has adequately established the requisite causal nexus between Samsung’s alleged infringement of the ’604 Patent and Apple’s risk of suffering irreparable harm,” Koh said.

The trial may take a long time to finish but based on the preliminary results as well as to the development of the trial, Apple seems to have the upper hand. But let’s wait and see how this goes between the two big companies.

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