Apple has finally scored a victory over Samsung in one of its lawsuits against the Galaxy Nexus phone from Samsung. The decision, according to which U.S. sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus would be blocked, was given by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh. Preliminary injunction was also given to Apple against the US sales of Galaxy Tab 10.1. Both these devices, which have been accused of infringing the copyrights of Apple, run Google Android OS. This would certainly be a blow for Samsung since it happens to be the second Samsung product banned in one week.
Apple has claimed that Galaxy Nexus phone caused it irreparable harm due to long-term market-share loss as well as losses of downstream sales. After the injunction was granted to Apple in the court room, the lawyer representing Samsung, John Quinn, looked rather annoyed while there was smile on the face of Apple lawyer, Mike Jacobs.
According to the official stance of Apple on the matter, put forward by an Apple spokesman, “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.” He further said that this kind of clear copying is certainly against the law and ethics and is unacceptable. He stressed that Apple would take all measures to protect its intellectual property and ideas and would not let anyone unjustly use them. Samsung, on the other hand, has not responded on the matter as yet but this is certainly a huge blow for Samsung. However, it might not affect Galaxy Nexus very much since the next version of the device would be launched soon and Samsung would certainly bring about required changes in that version.
Google, responding to this decision, said that it was disappointed with the decision and expects that correct result would reach as more evidence comes to light.
The legal battle between Apple and Samsung started ever since Samsung launched its Galaxy Tab in the market more than a year ago. After that, the dispute arose on several other devices and both tech giants sued each other in several countries. The legal battle is still going on in several countries including Britain, France and Australia.