California district judge, Lucy Koh has granted Apple a patent related injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The Galaxy Nexus is the first U.S. phone to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Apple cited four patents against the Galaxy Nexus, but it appears that they only passed the test for a patent that was related to unified search, known as the “Siri patent.”
“With respect to the other three patents at issue in this context – slide-to-unlock, data tapping and autocorrect – Judge Koh was not convinced that those features drive consumer demand and that Samsung’s likely infringement causes irreparable harm,” said patent blogger Florian Mueller.
Apple must pay a $96 million bond to have the Galaxy Nexus pulled from the U.S. market. If the ruling is reversed in the future, the funds would go to Samsung for the losses that it suffered while the device would be unavailable.
This is the second injunction Apple won against Samsung this month. Earlier this month, Apple was granted an injunction against the Galaxy Tab.