Apple has requested a new U.S, Preliminary Injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, 9 to 5 Google reports. And the patent wars rage on, and on, and on. The latest request was filed in a U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Thursday. This time, Apple is looking for an injunction for four recently granted patents, FOSS Patents said, referring to them as the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalyspe.”
- the “data tapping” patent based on which the ITC ordered an import ban against HTC
- a patent related to Siri and unified search, which must be of huge concern to Google with a view to its core business
- a new slide-to-unlock patent that even had the head of the Taiwanese government profoundly worried
- a word completion patent that provides major speed improvements for touchscreen text entry
FOSS Patents claims the data tapping patent “should be a slam dunk,” as it succeeded in the ITC where only about “1 out of 20 smartphone-related patents is deemed violated.”
For further, more detailed information on the patents in question, FOSS Patents offers an extensive explanation. A judge is expected to rule on the motion in the coming months. If Apple is successful, the Galaxy Nexus would be prevented from being sold in the United States, which is not only a blow to Samsung and Google, but to consumers as well.