Apple Wants to Block Sales of the Galaxy S III

If you are one of several consumers interested in purchasing Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy S III smartphone, you might not be able to if Apple gets their way. According to Bloomberg, the Cupertino-based company is considering requesting a temporary restraining order to block sales of the Galaxy S III before it launches in the United States as early as June 21st.

Josh Krevitt, a lawyer for Apple, said that it was an unfair tactic of Samsung to release a new generation of devices prior to the original infringement case being decided regarding the Galaxy Nexus. He also said a court order temporarily barring Galaxy S III sales in the U.S. will create “a mechanism to allow the court to decide this issue before the launch.”

Bill Price, a lawyer for Samsung, says quite the contrary. He believes that Apple is simply trying to ban the Galaxy S III because it is better than the iPhone 4S. According to the report, the Galaxy S III is the most preorder gadget in history and will create irreparable harm for Apple if it launches on the market.

Bill Price, a lawyer for Samsung, objected to Apple’s request, telling the judge there’s no “established emergency.” Apple’s urgency stems from its inability to “compete against the new features” of the Galaxy S III, and the company is trying to “prevent a phone from getting to the public that is better than Apple’s in many, many respects,” Price said.

U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh, who has been presiding over numerous Apple and Samsung legal battles, admits that this constant back-and-forth legal battle is becoming rather burdensome. “I just don’t have the human bandwidth” to handle the strain of the companies’ multiplying demands in the cases, Koh said. “I wanted to give some notice that I cannot be an Apple v. Samsung judge.”

[Bloomberg]

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