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Apple awarded US Samsung Galaxy Nexus sales ban

Just days after a sales ban was brought to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Apple has been awarded a new high profile injunction against its bitter rival as a US sales ban is brought to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

The war continues…

The latest twist in the longstanding Apple vs. Samsung patent disputes, Apple has been awarded a temporary injunction against the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich launching Galaxy Nexus handset in the US with an American judge ruling the Samsung manufactured device infringed on an apple held patent.

With the ban to come into effect once Apple has posted a bond of $96 million (£61.2m), the ruling was made on the fifth birthday of the original Apple iPhone as Judge Lucy Koh deemed the Samsung Galaxy Nexus unlawfully infringed on Apple patent no. 8,086,604, an intellectual property right that covers a device’s ability to carry out multiple source searches through a single interface.

Judge Koh said in her ruling:

“Although Samsung will necessarily be harmed by being forced to withdraw its product from the market before the merits can be determined after a full trial, the harm faced by Apple absent an injunction is greater,”

She then added:

“Apple’s interest in enforcing its patent rights is particularly strong because it has presented a strong case on the merits.”

Hitting out at the sales ban Samsung has said it is “disappointed” with the court’s decision stating the injunction will “restrict U.S. consumer choice in the smartphone market.”

An official spokesperson for the Korean manufacturer added:

“We will take all available measures, including legal action, to ensure the Galaxy Nexus remains available to consumers.”

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