Yes, it seems like Google has lost a case pertaining to search patents, and in fact it has! This is the latest nail in the array of Apple’s litigation against Galaxy Nexus. And this time, Apple has come out as a clear winner in form of an preliminary injunction served against Samsung for protecting its unified voice search patents in Siri. As Judge Lucy Koh ruled ” Apple has articulated a plausible theory of irreparable harm” due to “long-term loss of market share and losses of downstream sales” from the infringement by Samsung.
Although Apple’s three other patent complaints were dismissed by Judge Koh, Siri was upheld for depicting a different story. In case of Siri, Apple showed the likelihood of establishing both infringement and validity. Also, the burden of establishing that its Patent has been infringed was successfully demonstrated by Apple as against Samsung’s galaxy Nexus. The damage, as demonstrated by Apple for such infringement being done to its voice search patents was found by the Court as unascertainable, difficult to calculate, and irreparable.
However, as the injunction is preliminary, Samsung would have the chance to appeal , on different grounds they based to make their defense against the injunction they had faced in April. All in All, a massive win for Apple and a deadly blow for Android. The preliminary injunction resulting in stopping the sales of Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the U.S. can be seen nothing short of an victory, an overwhelming one for Apple and its fans! As to how Samsung retaliates will be even more interesting to see, in way of a suitable defense before the Judge, or otherwise. One thing for sure, is that the Apple-Samsung battle affair will be remembered in the history books of Tech warfare!
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