Wednesday, July 4, 2012

US Sales of Samsung Galaxy Nexus Stopped

Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
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The resolution of a patent lawsuit between Apple and Samsung has resulted to the barring of the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the US market.

Judge Lucy Koh recently ruled that Apple was able to clearly show that the company will experience irreparable damage unless an injunction was issued on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. This is the second time in the same week that an Android-powered device manufactured by Samsung was barred from sale in the United States.

The latest injunction on the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus along with the first one issued in the week is not a good sign for the South Korean company since preliminary injunctions are not easily issued by American judges in cases such as this. It should also be noted that Samsung is a major supplier of the parts of products made by Apple.

Judges take into consideration irreparable harm to a company before an injunction is issued against the sale of devices. The issuance also increases the possibility of a victory in a trail for the company which sought the injunction. Koh also indicated that Apple was able to demonstrate that it may prevail in a trial against Samsung through its injunction request on the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

A bond of $96 million was posted by Apple for the injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The amount is the estimated loss for Samsung for the duration of the injunction and will be awarded to the company if the South Korean company will prevail in the trial. The patent claims filed by Apple against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus are connected to data tapping, slide to unlock function, word completion on a touchscreen, and Siri with a unified search.

However the lawsuit will not stop with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus since Apple appears to be aiming for the latest smartphone offering of the South Korean company, the Samsung Galaxy S3. Four of the major wireless service providers in the US are set to offer the device, whose international sales Samsung has projected to reach around ten million units by the end of the month.

The lawsuit filed against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus by Apple restrained much of the excitement of the release of the Google Nexus 7 tablet. Google reportedly indicated that the issue with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus spoiled the introduction of the latest tablet and Android offering of the company. However the company also revealed that it believes that once the proof is shown, it will result an appropriate ruling from the court.

The South Korean company is expected to appeal the injunction filed against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the same way it appealed the injunction against the SamsungGalaxy Tab.

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