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US Judge grants Apple an injunction on Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Posted By Locutus On June 29, 2012 @ 4:18 PM In Android | 3 Comments

[1]Two days ago, Google quietly dropped [2] the price of their flagship smartphone the Galaxy Nexus to a tiny $349 off-contract. Today, California’s Northern District Court ruled that the device indeed infringes on some of Apple’s patents. Once Apple pays a measly $95 million bond, Samsung will be forced to stop importing and selling the device.

Apple sued for protection based on four of its software patents:

  • Patent No. 5,946,647 [3]: this patent turns phone numbers and email addresses into links automatically.
  •  Patent No. 8,086,604 [4]: this patent covers searching multiple data sources at once, and is used in Siri.
  • Patent No. 8,074,172 [5]: this patent covers autocomplete.
  • One more patent that covers slide to unlock.

Reuters reporter Dan Levine, also known as @FedcourtJunkie [6], covered the event live on Twitter, and reported that  “Koh’s ruling for Apple is driven by ‘604 patent, which involves unified search functionality”.

[via The Verge [7] and Ars Technica [8]]

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[1] Image: http://dottech.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/gnex1.png

[2] quietly dropped: http://dottech.org/android/73186/google-drops-price-of-galaxy-nexus-to-349-upgrade-soon-to-jelly-bean/

[3] 5,946,647: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=5,946,647.PN.&OS=PN/5,946,647&RS=PN/5,946,647

[4] 8,086,604: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,086,604.PN.&OS=PN/8,086,604&RS=PN/8,086,604

[5] 8,074,172: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,074,172.PN.&OS=PN/8,074,172&RS=PN/8,074,172

[6] @FedcourtJunkie: https://twitter.com/FedcourtJunkie/

[7] The Verge: http://www.theverge.com/2012/6/29/3126934/apple-samsung-judge-denies-injunction-galaxy-nexus

[8] Ars Technica: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/06/breaking-judge-grants-apple-an-injunction-against-the-galaxy-nexus/

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