Apple Wants Samsung’s Android Phones, Tablets out of the U.S.

July 5, 2011
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Apple hasn’t given up yet in its ongoing battle against Samsung over claims of the latter’s alleged infringment of Apple intellectual property. On Friday last week, Apple filed a preliminary injunction seeking court intervention in halting the production and preventing the sale or importation of certain Samsung devices in the United States.

According to the FOSS Patents blog, which discovered Apple’s motion for preliminary injunction, the injunction is targeting the Samsung Infuse 4G, Galaxy S 4G, Droid Charge, and Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Apple also said it “reserves the right to seek a preliminary injunction against [the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and the Samsung Galaxy S II] as their release becomes imminent.” Apple filed the motion with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Apple bases its injunction motion on alleged infringement by Samsung of three of Apple design patents and one utility patent. Apple also argues that the preliminary injunction is necessary not only to protect Apple’s rights but also “to protect the public interest.” According to the filing, prohibiting Samsung from infringing Apple’s patents would serve public interest “because Apple has demonstrated a likelihood of success on its claims.”

Samsung immediately shrugged off Apple’s claims shortly after the latter filed its motion: “Samsung believes there is no legal basis for this motion. We will continue to serve our customers, and sales of Samsung products will proceed as usual. Samsung will continue to actively defend and protect our intellectual property to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communication business.”

Samsung hasn’t been showing signs of cowering under pressure from Apple. On Tuesday last week, Samsung filed a complaint against Apple at the International Trade Commission (ITC), which could result in an import ban against Apple products. On Wednesday last week, Samsung filed a federal lawsuit against Apple in Delaware, as well as in the U.K. and Italy. On Thursday last week, Samsung reportedly added two more patents that it alleges Apple to have infringed and filed its defense against Apple’s lawsuit.

Apart from filing lawsuits against Apple in three venues in the U.S. (the ITC, Delaware, and Northern California), Samsung has also filed lawsuits against Apple in Asia (South Korea and Japan) and Europe (Germany, the U.K., and Italy).

The legal battle will continue to rage between the two former buddies. Would you rather have them see this conflict settled in court? Or do you think it wiser for them to settle amicably off-court?

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