Once again, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh ruled in favor of Apple, landing a preliminary injunction for the sales of the Galaxy Nexus in the United States. The two patents mostly responsible for the ruling against Samsung pertained to the “slide to unlock” feature, as well as certain methods of searching. As Judge Koh argues 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. Apple’s interest in enforcing its patent rights is particularly strong because it has presented a strong case on the merits. As discussed above, Apple has shown a likelihood of prevailing on the merits of all four of its asserted patents. Apple has further shown a likelihood of irreparable harm attributable to Samsung’s infringement of the ‘604 Patent if the injunction does not issue. Samsung, by contrast, does not present any evidence of what hardship it will suffer if the injunction issues.
Since this is Google’s flagship smartphone and one of Samsung’s greatest achievements in the Android era, no doubt the manufacturer will be appealing the decision. And as such, another round of arguments will begin in the saga that is Samsung infringing upon Apple’s patents, so the court continues to say.