Apple Granted Preliminary Injunction On The Galaxy Nexus (US Only) UPDATE: Samsung Appeals
So the big Android news that didn't come out of Google IO this week, is that Apple was yesterday granted a preliminary injunction on the sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the US. The injunction was granted for infringement on US patent number 8,086,604 "Universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system ". What this means is having one place where you can search throughout your whole system. This attack by the rotten fruit is aimed directly at Google, especially as search is one of the core functionalities of Android and the Galaxy Nexus is after all part of Google's Nexus program.
I don't entirely blame Apple for taking advantage of a broken system, but it's becoming apparent that innovation has taken second fiddle at Cupertino while their main mission is to try to stop the competition from being able to compete. Unlike Microsoft, who are fine with issuing licenses for Android products that infringe on their patents and taking a cut from each device sold, Apple just want to block the competition. If Samsung are found guilty in front of a jury than the injunction could become permanent. I expect Samsung to appeal the injunction and I wouldn't be surprised if that was filed by the end of today.
Apple was first to release a statement:
"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. This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we've said many times before, we need to protect Apple's intellectual property when companies steal our ideas."
Google released the following statement:
"We're disappointed with this decision, but we believe the correct result will be reached as more evidence comes to light."
Samsung are appealing the decision on the basis that the feature itself will not affect Apple's market share. Here's a short snippet Samsung's appeal:
"The Court's finding that Apple will suffer irreparable harm was based on legally insufficient evidence that Samsung and Apple are competitors."