Apple Wants Samsung Galaxy Nexus Banned in U.S.

Apple has launched a fresh lawsuit against Samsung in the United States, asking a federal judge to ban the Galaxy Nexus smartphone.

Apple clearly isn€™t letting go of this whole Samsung-infringed-our-patents thing.

Although the two companies are already locked in courtroom battles around the world, Apple has decided to open yet another front against its rival. In this case, Apple is suing Samsung in California over the latter€™s Galaxy Nexus, claiming the smartphone violates four patents.

The case itself in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, is Apple Inc. vs. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., et a 12-00630.

The four patents in question revolve around certain key aspects of the Apple iOS interface, including the ability to unlock a smartphone by gesturing on an unlock image (basically, Apple€™s slide-to-unlock feature), and another for performing €œan action on a structure in computer-generated data,€ which patent expert Florian Mueller dubbed the €œdata-tapping patent.€ This last one, he noted in a Feb. 11 blog posting, is particularly important.

€œThe only older one, the €˜data tapping€™ patent, should be a slam dunk,€ Mueller wrote. €œIt succeeded in the ITC, a notoriously difficult forum where only about 1 out of 20 smartphone-related patents is deemed violated.€

Moreover, this current lawsuit could present Samsung with some significant issues. €œThis time around, Apple focuses [completely] on strong technical patents,€ Mueller added. €œLast time, the emphasis was mostly on softer, design-related rights. I would never have referred to those as Horsemen of the Apocalypse€”by comparison, those rights were more like pussycats.€

Samsung has scored some hits of its own in the battle between the two companies. A German court recently refused to grant Apple a preliminary sales ban on the Samsung Galaxy 10.1N tablet and Galaxy Nexus smartphone, although the one against the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 still stands. Samsung has also proven more than willing to hit Apple with countersuits, all but guaranteeing the legal tussle will drag out for some time to come.

Before his death, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs called Google Android a €œstolen product€ and threatened to engage in €œthermonuclear war€ against it. His ire was reportedly so great that, in a meeting with former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, he refused to consider any sort of Android-related payout. €œI don€™t want your money,€ he said, according to Walter Isaacson€™s recent biography. €œIf you offer me $5 billion, I won€™t want it. I€™ve got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that€™s all I want.€

Months after his passing, Apple continues to take that mission to heart.

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