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A ban request by Apple to the Galaxy SIII could be dangerous for Samsung

Apple has recently obtained an injunction prohibiting the sale of the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 manufactured by Samsung. Apple's next target could be the latest flagship of Samsung, the Galaxy S III. War is definitively declared between Apple and Samsung on the high-end product.

Apple had already asked last month to a court an injunction prohibiting the sale of the Galaxy S III in the U.S., but lost the request due to lack of time. Although a ban on sales of Galaxy S3 is nevertheless a small victory for Apple but such thing could cause serious damage to Samsung if it applies to the last creation of Samsung who hopes to sell 10 million of unit this year. Detailed explanations after the jump.

Published: Monday, 02 July 2012 21:16
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According to analyst Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets, if Apple managed to get an injunction against the Galaxy S3 in the U.S., Samsung will have to review all its strategy. Moreover, it could severely impact the sale of the last high-end Smartphone of Samsung.
In the legal battle that oppose Apple and Samsung, the Steve Jobs company, base its complaints mainly on four patents, one of which, bearing No. 8,086,604 and titled "universal interface for information retrieval on a computer system "on which Judge Lucy Koh relied to conclude that a violation of Apple patent is likely to cause" irreparable damage "to Apple.

Les 3 others patent Apple is reffering to are :

  • Patent No. 5,946,647 : "system and method to perform an action on structured data which are computer-generated"
  • Patent No. 8,074,172 : "method, system and graphical user interface to provide recommendations".
  • Patent No. 8,046,721 : “system describing how to unlock a device using touch gesture on an image” (example : “slide to unlock” fuunction on iOS devices such as on the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch)

Galaxy S3, Apple vs Samsung, Ban

The legal battle that Apple is leading against Samsung is not new. In April 2011, Apple had attacked Samsung to court for copying the iPhone interface. Regarding late Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, talks and entrusted to biographer Walter Isaacson, the Cupertino company is even ready to "destroy" Android, the mobile operating system that run Samsung‘s Smartphones and which is developed by Google.

Indirectly, the war against Samsung is only the visible face of the battle between Apple and Google. Steve Jobs had even added that his company was ready to lead a "thermonuclear war" against this stolen product which is Android and that his company was prepared to use up to its last dollars'' in this legal battle. While the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab 10.1 are not the devices on which Samsung expects to beat sales records, the ban against these devices is actually a mileastone for Apple. Samsung, who hopes to sell as many as 10 million of Galaxy SIII this month , will really need to worry if the S3 is Apple’s next target. Apple had by the past requested a ban against the sale of the S3 in the U.S. but the Judge Lucy Koh had said not being able to meet deadlines in the treatment of Apple's request regarding her hectic schedule and the short time remaining before the world-wide official announcement of the Galaxy S3.

The battle continue because Apple and Samsung will meet again before the judge end of July 2012

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