Lawsuits are no more an uncommon thing when it comes to Apple vs. Samsung. The latest news of this lawsuit war comes directly from the U.S. District Court, where the Judge Lucy Koh finds that Apple may be very close to prove that Samsung Galaxy Nexus, a co-branded product of Google and Samsung, infringes four Apple patents and thus imposed a ban on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone in the US market. Just before the ruling, Apple posted a bond of $95.6 mn securing the damages Samsung could incur if the injunction is found wrong.
Though the ruling involves infringement of 4 patents, but the injuction mainly revolves around the so called '604 patent, which is related to core voice and search functionality to Siri. Koh writes, “The Court is persuaded by the evidence in the record that the ’604 unified search functionality drives consumer demand in a way that affects substantial market share. Even accepting Samsung’s argument that the intelligent voice-recognition aspect of Siri, as advertised, also contributes to consumer interest in the iPhone 4S, Apple has shown that the ’604 Patented feature is core to Siri’s functionality and is thus a but-for driver of demand for Siri. Accordingly, the Court finds that Apple has adequately established the requisite causal nexus between Samsung’s alleged infringement of the ’604 Patent and Apple’s risk of suffering irreparable harm.”
Samsung Galaxy Nexus is on of the most important product of Samsung’s Galaxy series of smartphones and a good sale of product in recent future is obvious considering the fact that it could be one of first phones to get the Android 4.1 Jellybean update. Not to forget Koh also imposed a ban on sale of Samsung Galaxy tab in US last week.
Reaction of Apple was a bit rude here:
“It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging,” Apple said. “This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we’ve said many times before, we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”
Reaction of Google:
“We’re disappointed with this decision, but we believe the correct result will be reached as more evidence comes to light.”
Sammy in trouble indeed .