Apple files injunction against Samsung Galaxy Nexus in US

Apple has fired a new shot in the ongoing patent war against perhaps its biggest rival in the smartphone market, Samsung. FOSS Patents reports that Apple has filed a injunction to stop the sale of Samsung's recent Android 4.0-based Galaxy Nexus smartphone.

In its injunction, Apple claims that the Galaxy Nexus violates four of Apple's patents, including the "slide to unlock" feature, a word completion patent, one relating to search and Apple's Siri voice recognition software and a data tapping related patent.

The Galaxy Nexus was first launched in late 2011. Samsung collaborated on the smartphone heavily with Google thanks in part to the fact that the Galaxy Nexus was also the first smartphone installed with Google's Android 4.0 operating system.

This is, of course, just the latest salvo in the patent war between Apple and Samsung. The two companies have been fighting this war in several countries. A few days ago, Apple lost a battle when a German court ruled that Samsung's modified Galaxy Tab 10.1 N tablet could be sold in that country over Apple's objections. Samsung also won the right to sell the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Australia back in December.

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ok i just looked at my sister iphone slide to unlock and my androids slide to unlock, wtf they dont even look or act the same, ive got 3 orbs on my screen hers has one bar that slides the the right, wtf, **** off and die in a ****ing hole apple geezus

Apple's Siri voice recognition software?
What patents are there?
Google search had not much changes before and after siri is released except of the live speech to text 0.o?

I have no respect for Apple.

They are nothing more than the bully in the playground that ruins recess for the whole class.

Apple thinks this will make people buy iPhones? HA think again


I thought once jobs died things would die down. I guess not...

This is i refuse to own an iphone or buy a mac. Ill just stick to osx86. Apple is just desperate and pathetic. I guess anything android scares the hell out of them.

Funny how Apple wines about unfair practices against them but then they can do it and it is all ok. They buy patents/get patents and then they turn around and sue others without trying to work out some kind of deal with the company.

Slide to unlock will probably be tossed out. It is obviously different to how Apple implemented it and it stupid as hell.

techbeck said,
Funny how Apple wines about unfair practices against them but then they can do it and it is all ok. They buy patents/get patents and then they turn around and sue others without trying to work out some kind of deal with the company.

Eh, they're just taking a page out of Google's book.

...and after Apple and Microsoft apparently trying to get all the manufacturers to stop this nonsense, suing over things which the majority of devices use. They won't be happy until they have an unopposed monopoly.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
...and after Apple and Microsoft apparently trying to get all the manufacturers to stop this nonsense, suing over things which the majority of devices use. They won't be happy until they have an unopposed monopoly.

Don't tar Microsoft with the same brush as Apple, at least Microsoft attempt to work out agreements with device manufacturers instead of having a sue first policy!!!

oh ffs ... can someone please just patent patenting system or patent suing for patents - here I just gave you 2 great things, how to get rid off patent trolls (apple's one) and benefit yourself from it !

How not releasing their cpu for the next iphone... that would be funnier! #stopthecrap apple... Ultra books get ready... theres a sue for that!

Apple should sue Google for Android 4.0 - It's not just the Galaxy Nexus that "violate" Apple patents. Every device with ICS will have a problem...

TruckWEB said,
Apple should sue Google for Android 4.0 - It's not just the Galaxy Nexus that "violate" Apple patents. Every device with ICS will have a problem...

Google has been buying up 1000's of patents from IBM, maybe Apple thinks the chances of beating Google directly are to low.

Is apple on drugs or something? Im just speechless right now. So everytime a phone sells better than the iphone someone gets sued?

smooth3006 said,
Is apple on drugs or something? Im just speechless right now. So everytime a phone sells better than the iphone someone gets sued?

No, they get sued when Apple feels their patent has been violated.

Also, what phone sells better than the iPhone?

*crickets*

omgben said,

No, they get sued when Apple feels their patent has been violated.

Also, what phone sells better than the iPhone?

*crickets*

hmmm..all android devices do. Quit "trying" to be an apple troll.

omgben said,

No, they get sued when Apple feels their patent has been violated.

Also, what phone sells better than the iPhone?

*crickets*

Technically The Samsung Galaxy line sells better than the iPhone. Oh wait are you making a foolish mistake by lumping all iPhones as one (iPhone, iPhone 3G/3GS iPhone 4/4S? Well let's lump the Galaxy line together shall we?

The Galaxy SII Phones specifically have done well for Samsung. Why do you think 2011 made Samsung the number 1 smartphone seller (beating Apple)? Sure you are going to see Apple get a lot of attention the quarter that they sell a new iPhone. But that just because all the fools and hipsters like yourself buy their products. They just want to look cool.

Anyway, I'll see you at Starbucks.

Edited by UndergroundWire, Feb 12 2012, 5:33am :

UndergroundWire said,

Technically The Samsung Galaxy line sells better than the iPhone. Oh wait are you making a foolish mistake by lumping all iPhones as one (iPhone, iPhone 3G/3GS iPhone 4/4S? Well let's lump the Galaxy line together shall we?

The Galaxy SII Phones specifically have done well for Samsung. Why do you think 2011 made Samsung the number 1 smartphone seller (beating Apple)? Sure you are going to see Apple get a lot of attention the quarter that they sell a new iPhone. But that just because all the fools and hipsters like yourself buy their products. They just want to look cool.

Anyway, I'll see you at Starbucks.

iPhone 4S sold by miles more than any Galaxy, there is no comparison.

alexalex said,

iPhone 4S sold by miles more than any Galaxy, there is no comparison.

You are saying the iPhone 4S outsold the Galaxy SII variants WORLD-WIDE (GSM, CDMA, etc.) PLEASE, give me your fictitious source.

Cute attempt though I got a laugh out of it.

yowanvista said,
The suing addict strikes again...

Everyone is suing everyone. It's not just Apple (although they get the most publicity because they get the most comments/clicks).

Motorola sued Apple for a patent it's meant to license to competitors because its essential for the 3G devices (which by EU law its meant to license under reasonable terms).

DomZ said,

Everyone is suing everyone. It's not just Apple (although they get the most publicity because they get the most comments/clicks).

Motorola sued Apple for a patent it's meant to license to competitors because its essential for the 3G devices (which by EU law its meant to license under reasonable terms).

Sure Everyone, but Apple seems to be the crazy company here. The GN uses a vanilla (unmodified) version of Android 4.0. Also, it was made in partnership with Google. Why hasn't Apple sued Google as well? After all, the slide-to-unlock feature is software-based. In my opinion, Apple feels threatened by the Galaxy Nexus and this is one of their attempts at eliminating it, Apple is the Corporate bully and Samsung is fighting back. The problem is, Apple will never let it go. Apple has a problem, and that problem is the fear of loss. This is just absurd, First of all, Apple didn't invent that; even for touch screens, to the best of my knowledge and secondly, the implementation is so drastically different that I don't see how on earth they can sue for that.

DomZ said,

Everyone is suing everyone. It's not just Apple (although they get the most publicity because they get the most comments/clicks).

Motorola sued Apple for a patent it's meant to license to competitors because its essential for the 3G devices (which by EU law its meant to license under reasonable terms).

Are you kidding me ?? Apple's suing for slide to unlock features is completly ridiculous. They always sues for the most ridiculous patents.

2xSilverKnight said,

Are you kidding me ?? Apple's suing for slide to unlock features is completly ridiculous. They always sues for the most ridiculous patents.

If they have a patent for it and someone violates it it's not 'completely ridiculous'. It's called the law. The difference is Apple's patents aren't essential for a 3G device and not bound by F.R.A.N.D regulations.

Motorola wants 2.25% of every iDevice sold for a 3G patent. This is ridiculous because if you sold a 100,000k car with 3G technology they'd get a massive payment even though the 3G is a tiny portion of the product. This is what stifles innovation. Apple wants transparent licensing fee's (for F.R.A.N.D) to stop people like Motorola trying to milk Apple's dominant revenue/profit position (I can guarantee they don't license it at 2.25% to other manufactures, it's probably a fixed fee)

Also people think Apple started suing first. Apple were getting sued after releasing the iPhone (as you'd expect because it had such an impact). As I said before, every suite Apple files is front page news because of the clicks/comments:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/...ith-nokia-motorola-htc.html

Edited by DomZ, Feb 11 2012, 9:06pm :

I don't want to enter in a dispute - but calming that 3G is a small part of the "iPhone" or any other smartphone is like saying that a mobile data connection is only a small part of a phone. At this time 3G is the defacto standard in the World. No 3G - good luck making any decent data connection on your mobile devices.

It's an incremental technology developed in a long period of time, first project related to 3G started in 1992.