The Galaxy S III has been one of the most widely written about products, thus far, but seems like the peace and calm at the Samsung camp, post a much awaited launch has been rudely interrupted now, by one time friend and now foe – Apple. Both, Samsung and the iPad maker have been at loggerheads, since a while now over a host of unresolved patents, and a slew of lawsuits, subsequently filed at several courts, globally.
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The South Korean giant's Galaxy Nexus smartphone is currently facing the heat from Apple, as the Cupertino-based brand seeks a preliminary injunction against it, attempts are reportedly underway to include the S III, too. A post on Foss Patents reads, “Late on Tuesday, Apple brought a motion, in its second California litigation against Samsung, “to supplement the record regarding Samsung's Galaxy S III product”. Apple formally asks the court for permission to add the S III as another product targeted by Apple's motion for a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Nexus, a smartphone Samsung co-developed with Google.”
According to the motion filed by Apple, a complete account of which can be read here – the S III infringes on “at least two of the Apple patents at issue in the preliminary injunction motion for the exact same reasons as the Galaxy Nexus.” Elaborating further on this, the motion adds, “…the Galaxy S III contains the same features accused of infringing U.S. Patent No. 8,086,604 (Unified Search) as the Galaxy Nexus, and that the S III infringes the patent in precisely the same way as the Galaxy Nexus.“
Apple's motion further states that the Galaxy S III includes the exact two infringing features as the Galaxy Nexus and that it “falls within the scope of Apple's current proposed order submitted in connection with its motion for preliminary injunction.” Apple, in its motion for preliminary injunction also states that not only does the S III infringe on their patent, like the Galaxy Nexus it has the potential to cause “immediate and irreparable harm to Apple.“
Even as the lawsuit has shrouded the U.S launch of the Galaxy S III, Samsung, reportedly has assured that “U.S. launch and sales of the GALAXY S III will proceed as planned.“
Publish date: June 7, 2012 1:23 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 10:28 pm