Apple is taking measures to obtain an injunction from a California court in order to block the sales of Samsung Galaxy Nexus. According to Apple, this device infringes four Apple patents and hence is violating the terms and conditions of fair competition. This law suit was filed on Wednesday in US District Court in San Jose, California. According to the suit, Apple claimed that Samsung has been violating patents of Apple that are the main features of iPhone.
Apple has previously filed cases against Samsung in April which was mainly about the design oriented issues. Apple has filed these law suits against Samsung in various courtiers around the globe, including France, Germany and Australia. This time around, however, the main bone of contention happens to be the technical aspects. An example of one of the four technical aspects is slide-to-unlock feature that was introduced in iPhone and that is now also part of Galaxy Nexus. Another feature is the one in which the device collects the required information from different online sources when the customers ask about something. This feature was part of the voice-recognition software of Apple known as Siri. Apple has claimed that there is a remarkable similarity between that feature of Siri and a similar feature that is being used on Galaxy Nexus. Apple also accuses Samsung of infringing upon another patent that detects bits of information from a message. For example, while reading an entire message, users can simply tap on a number within the message and make a call right away. Finally, the last patent under consideration is the suggestion for correct words if a user types some incorrect word on the phone.
Samsung has officially released a statement according to which it would fully defend its position against Apple’s claims and would continue the innovation and growth. Apple, on the other hand, continues to insist that Samsung has been copying Apple products. When we look at the relative market share of Apple and Samsung, it clearly seems that the gap is narrowing down. During the fourth quarter of 2011, the market shares of Apple and Samsung were 23.5 percent and 22.8 percent respectively, where the difference is clearly very little. With the onslaught of new Android devices from Samsung, the share of Samsung might increase even further in future so Samsung is certainly a valid threat for the dominance of Apple.