Apple’s attempt to stop or even delay the Galaxy S III from launching in the U.S. has been dealt a huge setback by Judge Lucy Koh. According to a report from Reuters, Koh said that “Apple’s push to get a court order blocking the June 21 launch would overload her calendar.” Sounds like someone has big summer vacation plans, and that means no repeat of the HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE.
The Cupertino-based company’s pursuit may not be over, however. If Apple chooses — and come on, this is Apple we’re talking about — it can “request a new hearing date if it wanted to stop sales of the Galaxy S III phone,” Reuters reported. The iPhone maker is currently tangled in a legal battle over the Galaxy Nexus, which Apple claims infringes four of its patents.
With the growing popularity of Android, Apple has maniacally pursued any and all competing devices, no matter how petty, over patent infringements. The company’s efforts, though, have become more of an annoyance than a way to limit Android’s growth, which is currently the most popular mobile OS. If Apple does decide to continue after the Galaxy S III, it’ll be interesting to see how successful it is in limiting consumer access, if at all.