Apple trying to get Samsung Galaxy S III banned

Apple trying to get Samsung Galaxy S III bannedIt was always going to happen, right? 9m pre-orders (more than were placed for the iPhone 4S) and a huge advertising campaign for the Samsung Galaxy S III... an iPhone-killer (pardon the cliche) if ever there was one. Who'd be surprised that Apple would try to get it banned from sale?

Buoyant after a recent win against HTC and with the late Steve Jobs' promise to go "thermonuclear" still reverberating around its Cupertino HQ, Apple has now filed a motion against Samsung's latest flagship device, claiming two of its patents have been infringed. It wants it banned in two US cities.

The two patents in question relate to the variety of universal search employed by Apple's Siri voice assistant, and how certain bits of data like phone numbers, email addresses and hyperlinks are detected automatically.

There is a bit of good news (if you can call it that) for Samsung in that this action effectively kills off the chances of a pair of other complaints Apple threw in its direction back in February from being upheld.

That suit, relating to the slide-to-unlock action and auto completion features of the Samsung-made Google Galaxy Nexus, now seems likely to fall by the wayside.

The irony here is that until recently, Samsung and Apple were planning on sitting down and trying to find a way to put aside their differences, though admittedly only after a judge had ordered them to. That clearly is not happening now.

And while Apple boss Tim Cook himself has described patent disputes as a "pain in the ass", it's clear Apple is clearly going to do all it can to knock Samsung off its perch.

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matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 7, 2012 at 23:27

What a surprise, Apple trying to get someone else's product banned. I'd never have thought it...

satchef1  Jun. 8, 2012 at 06:17

Samsung should have had a bit of sense here though, surely? If there's an existing case against your existing flagship phone (Galaxy Nexus) then make sure that your upcoming flagship steers clear of those patents until the case has been resolved. There is every chance both handsets could be banned here, rather than just the Nexus.

bex85  Jun. 8, 2012 at 09:34

What a surprise. Never expected that to happen :3. Although to be fair the "certain bits of data like phone numbers, email addresses and hyperlinks are detected automatically" is amazing on iOS! I marvelled at it when I realised it did and and was very disappointed when I went back to my S2. So, in one sense, very happy if the S3 does that, on the other hand I can see why Apple would want to protect that but, at the same time, every smartphone should be able to do it!

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 8, 2012 at 09:41

Samsung should have had a bit of sense here though, surely? If there's an existing case against your existing flagship phone (Galaxy Nexus) then make sure that your upcoming flagship steers clear of those patents until the case has been resolved. There is every chance both handsets could be banned here, rather than just the Nexus.
Yes. True.
But as so often with these patent cases, we only know a fraction of all that is going on.

Pondlife  Jun. 8, 2012 at 12:53

Good job they weren't around when the first cars were being built or we'd all have to have 3 or 5 wheelers if we didn't want innovative 4 wheel iCars. Having windows that opened with a handle would need a license payment and imagine the carnage if they'd come up with iHeadlights, iSeatbelts or iTyres with grooved treads.

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