Samsung vs. Apple: Samsung files appeal on Galaxy Nexus ban

News Stacy Warden 09:57, Jul 02 2012

Samsung says the Galaxy Nexus ban in Apple patent case is "inconsistent"

Here’s a real shocker for you this morning: Samsung filed an appeal Sunday over the Galaxy Nexus ban granted to Apple in an ongoing patent case between the two tech companies. The appeal was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, where Judge Lucy Koh granted a preliminary injunction on the sales of Samsung’s Android-based smartphone in the states. Samsung has also recently appealed the injunction of its Galaxy Tab 10.1; a temporary ban on U.S. sales of the device, which was also granted by Judge Koh.

As BGR points out, Samsung’s reasoning behind its appeal on the Galaxy Nexus ban is that it is “inconsistent with the Federal Circuit’s directive that market share losses must be substantial.” The ongoing case deals with four different patents:


  • U.S. Patent No. 5,946,647 for a "system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data." 
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,074,172 for a "method, system, and graphical user interface for providing word recommendations."
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,046,721 for a system describing "unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image" or the "slide to unlock" function.
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,086,604 for a "universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system" that was the basis of Friday's ruling."


The point of contention in the third patent noted above regarding Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, is focused on Android’s 4.0 slide-to-unlock function. The slide-to-unlock feature is used on iOS devices and an appeal of a ban of this particular patent was already successfully used in a case against Motorola in Germany.

The timing here isn’t so great for Samsung, as the Galaxy Nexus is currently Google’s Android 4.1 flagship smartphone. Additionally, Judge Koh has made it clear that she thinks Apple’s patents are legitimate.

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