Apple and Samsung, with their respective iPhones, iPads and Galaxy series of smartphones and tablets account for the largest sales globally and every new release from either manufacture is as big and hyped as they come.
A US court on Friday ruled that sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the United States be stopped until a patent dispute between Apple and Samsung is resolved.
US Northern District of California Judge Lucy Koh ruled that sales of the Samsung smartphone be blocked until the patent dispute between the two companies is resolved saying that, Apple had presented “a strong case” for the injunction and that it “has shown a likelihood of establishing both infringement and validity” in regards to the present dispute. But the Judge did stipulate that for this pre-trial injunction to be forced, which in itself has been described as ‘rare’, Apple would have to post a $100 million bond as a guarantee for payment of damages, should Samsung win the case. The judge had earlier this week blocked the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 for the same reasons.
The dispute between Samsung and Apple is by no means restricted to the US but is being legally waged across the globe with claims and counter claims being submitted in numerous countries.
Apple has accused the South Korean manufacturer of “blatant copying” the design and look of its products while Samsung has accused Apple of infringing on patents that relate to smartphone and tablet internet connectivity.
In an email, an Apple spokeswoman said,
“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. 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.”
Reacting to the news, Samsung said that it was “disappointed” but said in a statement that,
“We will take all available measures, including legal action, to ensure the Galaxy Nexus remains available to consumers.”
Internet giant, Google also reacted to the news as the Galaxy series uses its Android OS. The company said, “We’re disappointed with this decision, but we believe the correct result will be reached as more evidence comes to light.”
The demand for tablet PCs and smartphones is likely to grow even further in the near term. Analysts said that given the growth potential, the two firms were using every possible tactic to ensure that they capture a bigger share of the market