When Samsung’s latest flagship phone, the Galaxy SIII launched in the UK and other markets in Europe in May, among its many enthusiastic buyers was Apple, although not for quite the same reasons.
Apple wanted to get its hands on the much anticipated follow-up to the popular Galaxy SII to investigate what Samsung’s latest device had to offer. Reports now reveal that the company were not happy with what they found. The smartphone lead Apple to its legal team and subsequently a court filing against Samsung for infringing on two of its patents with the SIII.
This new move seems to be Apple Inc’s attempt at blocking the smartphone from entering into the U.S. market that is set to launch on 21 June. Apple has asked the court to impose an injunction on the Galaxy SIII before this launch date arrives.
More specifically, both patents that relate to software features are U.S. Patent No. 8,086,604 that covers ““Universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system,” and No. 5,946,647 that refers to “System and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data”.
Apple has also commented that Samsung’s blatant copying of its products that look and function similarly to the iPhone and iPad is wrong.
However rather than launch an entirely new complaint, Apple has asked the court to simply add it to an already existing filing against the Galaxy Nexus (read our review here.)
In the motion Apple stated that: “Because the Galaxy SIII contains two of the exact infringing features already at issue with respect to the Galaxy Nexus, the SIII is not more than colourably different from the Galaxy Nexus and falls within the scope of Apple’s current proposed order submitted in connection with its motion for a preliminary injunction.”
In response to Apple, Samsung has claimed that its actions are without merit and intend to prove to the court that the Samsung Galaxy SIII is both an “innovative and distinctive” device.
Samsung has also since assured customers that “the US launch and sales of the Galaxy S III will proceed as planned.”
Source: All Things D