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Preliminary ban placed on the Galaxy Nexus sales in the US

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first_imgJust a few days after Apple won a preliminary ban of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, the company won a second legal victory against both Samsung and Android. A tweet from Reuters reporter Dan Levine (@fedcourtjunkie), straight from the courtroom, noted that Judge Lucy Koh just granted a preliminary injection against the Galaxy Nexus handset.Judge Koh has GRANTED Apple request for prelim injunction against Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone. Story TK— Dan Levine (@FedcourtJunkie) June 29, 2012So, yes, it’s a win for Apple and a loss for both Google and Android, for the time being, but what does this really mean? Once Apple pays a $96M bond the injunction will go into effect. After that point Samsung will almost certainly appeal while Apple and their legal team could very well press on and go after Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S3. And what does all this add up to functionally? The Galaxy Nexus will not be sold in the United States until Samsung makes changes or is granted a repeal, so long as Apple pays that bond. The court will meet again on Monday in order to decide further action, such as if the injunction should be suspended if Samsung appeals.Four patents were violated but it was number 8,086,604 (aka ‘604) that seems to be the focus right now. This is the so-called “Siri” patent which is summarized as a “means of a unitary interface which is capable of accessing information in a variety of locations, through a number of different techniques”. It might sound vague, but it’s a critical search function and, more importantly, Apple has success against HTC in the past (remember the HTC One X delay?) so we know the court is taking their case very seriously.The other patents cited include slide-to-unlock, autocorrect, and data-tapping (basically clicking a data point, like a phone number, in order to initiate and advanced action, such as creating a contact, or clicking a number in an article in order to initiate a call).More at Reuters and Foss Patents, via Dan Levine and Engadgetlast_img read more