Apple is once again trying to play the role of Biggest Buzzkill Ever. The company has apparently filed a motion — adding to its current Galaxy Nexus motion, which is set for a hearing tomorrow — that’s aimed at keeping Galaxy S III units from reaching U.S. shores. If successful, the five major carriers promising Samsung’s latest will have a lot of unhappy customers.
According to The Verge, Apple is arguing that the S III is “similar enough to the Galaxy Nexus to be bundled in the same motion.” Apparently, the iPhone-maker is claiming the S III infringes two of the four patents currently aimed at the Nexus: universal search and smart links. Apple has yet to decide if it’ll pursue the S III for the other two patents, which are slide to unlock and keyboard suggestions.
Samsung responded to Apple’s filing by saying that “adding a new product to this motion would significantly change the analysis of all four preliminary injunction factors.” The Korean company said in order to adequately analyze the evidence brought against its Galaxy S III, Apple should enter a separate motion. Either way, the company will definitely want to squash the issue in a timely fashion, otherwise we might see what happened to HTC all over again.
[via The Verge]