Apple is seeking a ban against the sale of Samsung Galaxy S3 in the US. The iPhone-maker claims that the S3 breaches two of its patents and says the handset is "not more than colorably different from the Galaxy Nexus", which Apple had problems with in the past.
Apple filed papers last week seeking to ban Samsung's new Galaxy S III, along with the Galaxy Nexus. Samsung has already booked over 9 million preorders of the Galaxy S III, which is set to be sold by carriers in the United States on June 21, Apple said in its court filing. The Device was launched in Britain at the end of last month. Samsung said that Apple's request was "without merit. We will vigorously oppose the request and demonstrate to the court that the Galaxy S3 is innovative and distinctive." The company said in a statement.
The patents in question relate to unified search and a system for recognizing and performing actions on structured data.
Samsung said: "We would like to assure customers that the US launch and sales of the Galaxy S3 will proceed as planned."
At a hearing on Thursday in a San Jose, California federal court, Apple attorney Josh Krevitt said the company could file for a temporary restraining order against Samsung.
"Once sales are made, the harm is irreparable," Krevitt said.
However, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said she has many other cases. If Apple decides to seek a restraining order, it would likely delay a July trial date over different Samsung phones, as well as the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
"I cannot be an Apple v. Samsung judge," Koh said.
Samsung's Galaxy products run on the Android operating system, developed by Google. In addition to Samsung's legal team, several Google attorneys attended the hearing on Thursday last week.
The dispute is the latest in a long round of lawsuits and counter-lawsuits between the two companies.
Apple alleges that Samsung’s Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets are “slavish” copies of the iPhone and iPad designs, and looks to ban them from sale. Samsung, now the world’s biggest manufacturer of smartphones, has retaliated by claiming Apple has infringed its 3G technology.
Last year, Samsung tweaked its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer following legal action from Apple. "We modified the model to reflect Apple's claims," a Samsung spokesman said at the time.
Apple has also accused Samsung of copying its iPhone in April 2011.
What’s interesting to learn that despite the legal battles, the two companies continue to do business with each other.
Samsung relies on Apple as among its largest buyers of chips and display screens while Apple counts on Samsung for mobile components.
Apple is expected to launch its next iPhone model later this year.