A U.S. District Court judge in San Jose ruled Friday that Samsung had to stop selling its Nexus smartphone until a patent suit brought by Apple is resolved. It is the second time in a week that Judge Lucy Koh granted an injunction against Samsung in an Apple suit; in the other case, she stopped sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer, which Apple claims infringes on its patents for the iPad.
The injunction was reported in the San Jose Mercury News, which said it is unusual for a pre-trial injunctionto be grantedto be granted to be granted against the sale of a product involved in a patent dispute.
Apple and Samsung are top sellers in the smartphone and tablet markets and Apple has claimed that the Google Android operating system that runs on Samsung devices infringes on Apple’s iOS operating system on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch products. The paper reports that Samsung and Apple are waging a legal battle against each other in several countries over the patent dispute; in some cases, Samsung is the plaintiff.
Judge Koh may rule next week whether she will put a hold on her two Samsung injunctions pending an appeal of her rulings by Samsung, the paper reported.
The Samsung Nexus is not the be confused with the Google Nexus 7 tablet that Google unveiled Wednesday at its Google I/O software developers’ conference in San Francisco.
Apple is not undefeated in these court battles, though. A federal judge in Chicago last week denied Apple an injunction against Google’s Motorola Mobility business to stop the sale of Motorola devices running Android. Google recently acquired Motorola Mobility from its parent company, Motorola, which is based in suburban Chicago.
In the Walter Isaacson book “Steve Jobs,” published shortly after Jobs’ death in October 2011, the author quotes the Apple co-founder as being furious that Google was introducing the Android operating system to run on smartphones from HTC as well as Motorola and Samsung.
“Google, you f**king ripped off the iPhone, wholesale ripped us off,” Isaacson quoted Jobs as saying. “I’m willing to go to thermonuclear war on this.”