Apple is pulling out all the stops in the on-going patent wars against Samsung seeking a preliminary injunction to ban the Galaxy Nexus in the US saying that the Korean tech company infringes multiple key Apple patents that could cause “irreparable harm” to the Cupertino tech giant.
In the filling Apple claims: “Absent preliminary relief, by the time Apple prevails in this case – and Samsung’s infringement is so clear there can be no serious dispute that Apple will prevail – Samsung will have rushed the Galaxy Nexus, which misappropriates many patented features from the iPhone, to capture market share from Apple that Samsung will be able to retain long into the future,”
“Even worse … the full harm to Apple cannot be calculated, making it impossible for Apple to be compensated by money damages.”
Apple says the Galaxy Nexus and its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS violated four of its patents: predictive text; a data-tapper feature, which recognises data such as phone numbers and provides a link directly to the dialler, for example; a voice search feature that Apple believes is imitative of Siri; and even the popular Face Unlock feature.
In addition, Apple says that Samsung is using a “follower” strategy to steal market share knowing that customers often stay with their first smartphone OS because it’s often an inconvenience to switch platforms. Apple asserts that Samsung doesn’t mind having to fork out on these patent infringement cases because the damage to Apple’s market share will already have been done.