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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