Apple seeks to ban the Samsung Galaxy SIII from the US

Macworld Australia Staff
7 June, 2012
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Apple has tried to block Samsung’s Galaxy SIII smartphone from entering the US market, asking a Californian court to include the device in its current preliminary injunction motion against Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus.

Apple’s issue with the Galaxy SIII, which launched in Australia last week, is based on two of the four patent infringements described in the motion against the Galaxy Nexus.

“In order to accelerate the process and facilitate the court’s analysis, Apple ‘will limit its current request for preliminary relief against the Galaxy S III to the ’604 [unified search, i.e., Siri] and ’647 [data tapping] patents, because it is clear that infringement can be shown with respect to these patents based on the current record’,” according to Foss Patents.

Apple has already been granted a ban against HTC in a US court over ‘data tapping’, which allows the device to automatically recognise specific data types and turn them into links. This includes phone numbers and map links. Apple’s second gripe is with the new Samsung smartphone’s ‘S-Voice’ feature, which it believes is similar to the company’s voice assistant Siri.

The remaining two features (slide-to-unlock and autocomplete patents) have yet to be brought forward by Apple against the Galaxy SIII.

Samsung has responded to Apple’s request to have the new smartphone blocked requesting the Court “reject Apple’s motion to amend its current notice of motion for a preliminary injunction” and “file a new motion and allow the parties to develop a full factual record on all four factors,” Foss Patents reports.

The Galaxy SIII’s launch date in the US is June 21, two weeks after the preliminary injunction hearing is set to take place.



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