Samsung seeks stay on injunction against Galaxy Nexus

The court had in a separate order issued a preliminary injunction against sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet

By , IDG News Service |  IT Management

Samsung Electronics asked a U.S. federal court over the weekend for a temporary stay on its preliminary injunction on the sale of the Galaxy Nexus smartphone in the U.S., pending the company's appeal.

Judge Lucy H. Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division, on Friday granted a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Nexus and "any product that is no more than colorably different from the specified product and infringes U.S. Patent No. 8,086,604."

As a condition of the preliminary injunction, Apple was ordered to post a bond of US$95.6 million towards any damages sustained by Samsung if it is later found to have been wrongfully enjoined.

Patent No. 8,086,604 relates to an universal interface for the retrieval of information in a computer system.

Apple's complaint asserts a total of eight patents and identifies seventeen accused products, but it moved for a preliminary injunction only against the Galaxy Nexus smartphone, and on the basis of four patents, including the '604, patent no. 8,046,721 relating to the slide to unlock, patent no. 8,074,172 on word recommendations and auto correct, and patent no. 5,946,647 relating to a system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data.

The court concluded that Apple has shown that the four patents are likely valid and infringed. Apple has further shown that it is likely to suffer irreparable harm in the absence of immediate relief, and that this irreparable harm will be attributable to Samsung's alleged infringement of the '604 patent, though Apple has not shown the same with respect to Samsung's alleged infringement of the '647, '721, or '172 patents, Judge Koh wrote in her order.

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