With grim inevitability the Apple-Android lawsuits have taken another turn, in the ongoing smartphone patents battle…
PC Pro is carrying a Reuters story that Apple has filed a motion in the United States – in the District Court for the Northern District of California, to be precise – for a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Nexus, Samsung’s official Android 4.0 lead device.
Four patent violations are alleged, including new features such as a voice-command search function. The motion was filed late on Friday.
In a lawsuit filed in San Jose, Apple said the Galaxy Nexus infringed patents underlying features customers expect from Apple products. Those include the ability to unlock phones by sliding an image and to search for information by voice.
“A preliminary injunction would not prohibit the sale of a Galaxy Nexus just because it’s called Galaxy Nexus or looks like one: it’s all about which patents it infringes on,” said independent patent expert Florian Meuller.
For more on the patent lawsuits, see also Florian Mueller’s FOSS Patents blog – Apple requests U.S. preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus based on four high-power patents
He believes the court will rule on this latest motion “within a matter of months”.