Three days after we reported an Apple win in regards to the Samsung Galaxy Tab, US District Judge Lucy Koh just handed Apple another, possibly temporary, victory.
In a decision handed down today in California, Judge Koh granted a preliminary ban on the Galaxy Nexus phone. Apple’s original request was in February of this year, and alleged that the Nexus infringed on several Apple patents. The current decision, if upheld, will keep the phone from being sold in the US.
Samsung issued a statement that said that it’s disappointed, and that it will take “all available measures, including legal action, to ensure the Galaxy Nexus remains available to consumers,” as quoted on CNET and originally reported on Reuters.
Apple issued a very familiar-sounding statment, of course.
“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,” Apple said in an e-mail to CNET. “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.”
The obvious question here is what will happen to the Nexus 7 tablet? There’s no mention of the just-announced Google tablet in the article at CNET. We’ll keep an eye on things and report as soon as we know more.