If the reports coming in are anything to go by, then Apple has removed its sights from Germany, for now at least and is gearing up for some action back home. Now, according to reports it is confirmed that Apple is looking at getting the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone, which is the first phone to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich banned in the U.S and it has filed a preliminary injunction to that effect in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.
In the eye of the storm…
Apple is now accusing Samsung of violating on 4 new patents, which Foss Patents in a post equals to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The four patents, in question, include a data tapping patent, a patent related to Siri, a slide-to-unlock patent and a word completion patent. Further, the post states that there is more to just this injunction than what meets the eye. Apparently, this preliminary injunction was filed alongside a federal lawsuit; and in all likelihood the existing set of patents may be a part of a larger group. Apple's now seeking a sales ban on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone in the United States.
Clearly, Apple's in no mood to lie dormant, especially after its rather bitter defeat in Germany, wherein the state court in Düsseldorf gave the Galaxy Tab 10.1 a go-ahead. According to the post, Apple is looking more closely at technical patents, than design-related ones, and hence this should particularly be one to look out for. The post further throws light on the specifics of the preliminary injuction stating that, “A preliminary injunction would not prohibit the sale of a Galaxy Nexus just because it's called Galaxy Nexus or looks like one: it's all about which patents it infringes on. Theoretically, Google could remove the functionality protected by any of these patents in order to keep the product on sale, but if it changes the program code of a lead device, this would make it particularly clear to everyone else in the market that there's an infringement issue.“
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