Samsung Galaxy Nexus Banned in US – Pending $96m Bond

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus could be about to be taken off shelves in the US. Apple has been granted a preliminary injunction against Samsung’s Android smartphone that will see it banned for sale in the US pending a $96m bond. However, Samsung has already appealed the ruling.

US judge Lucy Koh made the ruling in Apple’s favour based on the Galaxy Nexus’s infringement of an Apple-owned patent that concerns voice and search features – dubbed patent “604”.  The injunction was granted in San Jose, and awaits an Apple payout of $95.6 million, a fee designed to protect Samsung’s interests should the ruling be found to be wrong.

Judge Koh wrote, “The Court finds that Apple has adequately established the requisite causal nexus between Samsung’s alleged infringement of the ’604 Patent and Apple’s risk of suffering irreparable harm.”

The ruling could stop Samsung from selling the Galaxy Nexus or any device that’s “no more than colorably different” in the US. This would not only be a massive blow for Samsung, but Google too. The Galaxy Nexus is the first phone in-line to receive the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update, unveiled last week at the Google I/O conference.

Samsung has appealed against the ruling, though. It cites seven cases for the appeal, including that Apple cannot prove its market share is being damaged by the infringement of the patent.

Judge Koh recently ruled against Samsung in a similar case involving the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet.

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