This is incredible. In less than one week, Apple has scored two major legal victories against its arch-rival Samsung. In this case, you might as well add Google to that list too. Just hours ago, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh granted Apple’s request for a sales ban on the Galaxy Nexus, Google’s flagship Android smartphone that was released in December 2011 in partnership with Samsung.
“Apple has made a clear showing that, in the absence of a preliminary injunction, it is likely to lose substantial market share in the smartphone market and to lose substantial downstream sales of future smartphone purchases and tag-along products,” Judge Koh said in Friday’s ruling.
Reuters reports that these pre-trial injunctions are extremely significant since they are rarely ever granted, but what’s more incredible is that the Galaxy Nexus is still a new and mainstream device that many consumers are still opting to purchase. I mean, Google even had a Galaxy Nexus on stage at its Google I/O conference just a few days ago. The smartphone is extremely important to both Google and Samsung, and Apple just rained on their parade.
Earlier this week, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet was banned in the United States after U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh sided with Apple in its patent infrigement lawsuit against Samsung. While the ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was certainly surprising to hear, the implications of that ruling are not as significant because the tablet has already been succeeded by the Galaxy Tab 2. The ban on the Galaxy Nexus, however, is a landmark decision that surely has Google, Samsung and its consumers infuriated.
Samsung has claimed that it is disappointed with this ruling, but will take the necessary steps and legal actions to ensure that the Galaxy Nexus is available for consumers to purchase in the United States. Since the bans on both the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab 10.1 devices are pre-trial injunctions, Samsung still has the opportunity to plead its case in hopes that the judge will overturn the sales bans on those products.
If judge Koh decides to reverse the injunctions issued on the two banned Galaxy devices, Apple will have a hefty price to pay. In order to have the bans enforced, Apple has been forced to post bonds of $96 million for the Galaxy Nexus and $2.6 million for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the event that the injunctions are eventually overturned.