Team Cupertino suffered a pretty disheartening courtroom loss to Motorola the other week, when the last of 15 patent complaints was emphatically dismissed by Judge Possner.
But Apple has struck back this week with not one but two fairly major patent victories against Samsung. This time it’s the Samsung Galaxy Nexus suffering a preliminary injunction.
While the recent Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction mightn’t cause too much distress, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is more of a big deal: it’s the flagship smartphone for Jelly Bean (Android 4.1).
Judge Lucy Koh’s ruling was based on four patent gripes, including the slide-to-unlock mechanism, but the big one was said to be a patent for unified search that’s linked to Apple’s Siri.
In Friday’s ruling, Judge Koh explained: “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.”
Hearings are scheduled for Sunday and Monday (Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Nexus respectively) to determine if the injunctions should be put on hold pending appeal from Samsung.