Apple at it again, file injunction request against Galaxy Nexus

I’m not even going to bother to write about this patent mess. We all know the system is broken, and that any change for the better is not going to dawn upon us any time in the foreseeable future.

What I will let you know is the main bullet points: the filing was done at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The preliminary injunction request against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is based on four patents, as quoted by FOSS PATENTS:

  1. the “data tapping” patent based on which the ITC ordered an import ban against HTC
  2. a patent related to Siri and unified search, which must be of huge concern to Google with a view to its core business
  3. a new slide-to-unlock patent that even had the head of the Taiwanese government profoundly worried
  4. a word completion patent that provides major speed improvements for touchscreen text entry

The first one, considering it succeeded against HTC, is most certainly a win for Apple. I’m not aware of the details of the second one, but it’s the last two that get me really irritated. However, I can hardly say I expected anything else when I learnt they were granted these patents as recently as last year.

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  • LawrenceMcatee

    This makes me want to just punch iSheep

    • billcollier

      The clone wars continue, the isheep are heading for Cupertino death star as we speak.

      • RitishOemraw

        I am starting to believe we should not hate apple for doing this…if not apple, anoyther patent Troll would rise to the challenge…

        The persons that deserve a punch to the face,perhaps numerous times (figuratively speaking ofc ;) are the IDIOTS who granted them these patents!!!

        Seriously, most of the lawsuits start with idiotic patents…and we all know that which starts idiotic, usually ends worse!

        • DannyB2

          That’s like saying we should not hate ${insert evil here}, because if they didn’t kill kittens, someone else would rise to the challenge.

          We should hate Apple for this.

          However I agree the USPTO idiots who granted these patents are the ones who should be punished.  But rather than punish them somehow, I’d be happy to just do away with the entire patent system.  It’s a gigantic cesspool that no longer serves its constitutional purpose.

  • InspectorGadget80


  • billcollier

    Go for a presidential pardon I say.

  • ScottyByrd

    I hope Apple goes bankrupt from trying to sue everyone they can’t beat with their products. I will personally NEVER support Apple. They are a joke and so is their over priced products.

    • Richard Ashton

      I’m gonna be the Devil’s advocate here and say that lawyers fees are just a small drop in the ocean for the most valuable company in the world that just broke records in Q4 results, and the likeliness of Apple going bankrupt is almost 0.

      • Aeires

        Winning in court doesn’t mean you’ve won the people’s impressions of what you’ve made yourself become by the constant litigation.

        • slaguru

          Which people ???. A few thousand Android phone fans ???. I wonder if when the iPad3 comes out if those same people would be so understanding of Samsung if litigation they are pursuing Apple with caused the iPad3 to not launch in a given country. 

          My Point is that these lawsuits really do point to Google, and its open hand set alliance partners being incompetent in protecting (what it can (open source remember)), and litigating where it should.

          Apple does it better .

          The rest should catch up.

          • Aeires

            Public opinion can take down any company, even Apple.  It’s that simple.

          • slaguru

            Which public, the ones that are making Apple one of the the richest company’s in the world ??

            They would have to do a LOT worse than suing Samsung for that to happen. 

          • Aeires

            It’s evident you’re living in the present with no thought of the future and what it can bring.  Just because Apple had a record breaking quarter and broke the bank with record profits doesn’t mean that will continue forever.  Apple fell once before, it can happen again.  Constant lawsuits and public awareness of situations like Foxconn are never good for a companies reputation.

          • Garydp

            Do you really understand what your actually saying?  First of all OPEN SOURCE means open source anyone can use it to build upon their own OS.  Google can choose to close their source if they wanted to, they only believe that Software shouldn’t be a grounds to sue everyone else.  Apple created this hatred towards Android themselves only because they are being threatened in the market by handsets that run Android.

          • slaguru

            “Google believe that software should not be grounds to sue anyone else”. Well good for them, Apple and the rest of the business world does not care. Believe it or not, companies were suing each other over patents before Apple did.

            If you make Android a better (more profitable) offering than Apple then you hit them where it hurts, the bank balance. Crying over evil Apple bullying poor Google and it’s ever so nice friends is just a waste of time.

            Instead why not complain to google about the lack of coherent tablet App offering, or maybe get them to reign in Android and defragment the market, or grow a pair and tell the carriers/hand set makers to stop skinning Android (afterall if it’s as good as we think it needs not extra skin to help it right??)

    • Michael Clanton

       you dont have to worry about apple going bankrupt, they are bigger and have more money then moto and google combined

  • max

    I will just be laughing when it gets declined again. Hurry up Apple go bankrupt.

  • Jonathan Roman

    i honestly wish google would block all of there content from any apple products. i would love that so much. as a way of telling them to stop suing

    • Tim242

      Look at my avatar : )

  • RampageDeluxe

    Apple has become a disgusting company.

    • Michael Clanton

      They have a responsibility to there shareholders to defend there patents, and in reality it hurts there chances in court if you let companies infringe on your patents and then sue after a while.

      • DannyB2

        The word you are looking for is ‘their’ not ‘there’.

        It does not hurt their chances in court to delay.  It does hurt the amount you can recover if you wait too long because you can only recover damages for the last six years — which is irrelevant in this case.

        Patents do not need to be “defended” unless someone sues to declare then invalid.

        If you hold a patent, you do not have a responsibility to sue anyone over it.  Or even license it.  You could hold it purely for defensive purposes.  Only trademarks must be enforced in order to maintain them.

        Seeking license royalties seems much less evil than trying to put a competitor out of business.  And that may be the thing that seriously backfires in Apple’s face.  These competitors are not just going to decide to stop making smartphones and go away with their tail between their legs.

        It may become a war of patent attrition.  I’d bet that Apple cannot outlast all of the other companies combined.

  • Sachin Rajput

    Apple is a sour loser. Cant bare its downfall. Filled with a bunch of losers. 

    • Cipher Zero

      I’m not a “fanboy” of anything (because, quite simply, it’s mindlessly stupid to be one), and although Android is my handset OS of choice and has been since 2008,and I never had any interest in iPhones, saying things like “Apple is a sour loser. Cant bare its downfall. Filled with a bunch of losers.”, you look like a “sheep” yourself. I’m sure you meant well and were trying to get likes, or whatever, but the reality is that Apple is worth nearly $100,000,000,000, and if they are “filled with losers” and are “facing their downfall”, I can’t imagine what every other tech company in the world is filled with and what they’re facing.

      • DroidDoesnt

        Exactly :-)

        • Garydp

          Are any of you going to get some of Apple’s cash for sticking up for their litigation practices?  I know I won’t be, and I sure won’t be for sticking up for Android.  I’m sure as going to be able to afford the next one when I’m due for an upgrade though.

      • Garydp

        You may say your not a fanboy but you are sticking up for a company that has the potential to drive your favorite handset makers prices up because of their legal battles.  The only people that are going to lose is the consumers of these products.  Apple is going to over price their products and continue with their litigation only because they have brainwashed so many by using the media to their advantage and paying superfelous amounts of cash to parade their products around.  Apple is nothing but all show, just look at their stores is that really necessary?

        • Michael Clanton

           someday you should look at how much microsoft, apple, cisco, and other companies pay to use other people patents. So i see nothing wrong with patent enforcement…even if its against apple or google….hell google was build off of a patent.

  • MSined

    Dear Apple, 
    Innovate, don’t litigate.

    The consumer

    • DroidDoesnt

      Dear Google,

      Innovate, don’t imitate.


      The consumer

      • ari_free

        Stop copying Denis’ post. You now owe $10 million dollars.

        • DroidDoesnt

          Uh, Denis didn’t invent the word innovate! Denis didn’t invent the word imitate! Denis didn’t invent the word consumer! (idiotic fandroid-type response)

          • Michael O’Sullivan

            you sir are a dumbass.

          • Mark Seven

            Apple didn’t invent the touchscreen. Apple didn’t invent the rectangle. Apple didn’t invent the cellphone.

      • Garydp

        iSheep, simply a fanboy if I ever saw one.

        • DroidDoesnt

          aGoat, simply a fanboy if I ever saw one.

          • Mark Seven

            ooooh he so smart, he has a comeback for everything doesn’t he? -_-

            I bet u think Apple invented the light bulb…

  • tehsusenoh

    All of this suing is just ridiculous.  Whether it’s Apple suing Samsung, or Microsoft suing Motorola, or Motorola suing Apple, it’s all just too much.  I can’t believe nobody has stepped in and at least tried to fix the broken system.

  • Mattias Björkman

    Slide to open was already on neonode phone. 

  • Jeff Fuller

    Google simply can’t lay down anymore they need to start filing vague patents too.

    • Alexander Ramirez

      “Patent number 9000+: Apparatus for doing things with stuff while other crap is going on”

  • conceptual

    So I can only respond to two of these patents, because the others I don’t know anything about.  But, for example, the “data tapping” one, my phones have been finding email addresses and phone numbers since my crappy LG flip phone in 2004.  Slide to unlock has been in many previous phones to the iPhone, also debunking that patent.  The other two I don’t know exactly what they say, so I can’t respond to them.

  • http://phandroid deh2002

    I think instead of complaining here we should start flooding apple with emails and hand written letters telling them how disgusted we are with all of this crap. The only way this will ever end is if the government does it’s job and does something about the broken patent law’s.

  • PaulAtreides

    If the Galaxy Nexus get’s delayed on Sprint I will be pissing gasoline and spitting fireballs! 

    • Cipher Zero

      You HAVE to put that up on YouTube!

    • Alexander Ramirez

      Dude, if that’s the case, you can come over to my house anytime and piss in my gas tanks. Tell me it would at least be 89 octane? 

    • Downtoearth2

      just buy an iphone 4s in retaliation.

      • PaulAtreides

        I wouldn’t punish myself.

  • Aeires

    It’s become abundantly clear that Tim Cook was cut from the same mold as Steve Jobs was.  I had hopes he would rise above all this negativity as the new CEO and take Apple in better directions than the courtroom.  Apparently Steve’s legacy lives on, “there can be only one.”  Fortunately history has proven otherwise.

    • Ash

      The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree….

    • Garydp

      Didn’t you know Rot in Hell Jobs choose Cook because of this. The only reason
      why Apple became so popular is because Jobs knew how to brainwash people.

  • Justin

    Stupid patent troll crap.

  • Justin

    ATAST!! (And Then Apple Sued Them)
    I used to think of Apple as a place for ideas.

  • MatthewMarion

    Wait doesn’t siri use google to search? Google should just figure out how to identify searches by siri and block them

    • ClayRogers

      I don’t think they could legally do that

  • Maximillion82

    Oh Apple keep trying, all you do is pissing off customers, this is the reason why I ditched the iPhone for an Android, and soon ditch this Macbook Pro for a Windows PC.
    Apple do you really think I will buy another product from you when I know that you price them way over the competition because you have to find a way to finance your little patent games in court.
    It’s embarrassing that a company has to act this way, considering that you could innovate, but I guess you will loose the race again as you did against Windows in the 90s. Guess what Apple learn it, one company alone can’t compete against a whole armada of others, the closed system model failed in the past and it will fail you again.

  • Justin

    I stomped my 4S in the Verizon parking lot when I bought my Nexus. Best decision of my life.

    • setspeed

      If that’s true, which I highly doubt, then you are either rich or stupid. Or both. But most likely you’re full of crap.

  • Flamenco Lee

     I would to hear what Michael Clanton and slaguru, the pro-Apple and pro-patent lawsuit guys say about this:

    No patents involved here. Just intimidation.

    Here are my points that I will try to keep simple.
    Of course this is how I and many people see the situation.

    1. Apple is the aggressor.
    2. It is unprecedented that one company has launched so many lawsuits against so many companies across so many continents.
    3. This is not just a border skirmish. It is full out World War III with battles being fought on many fronts.
    4. Apple will spend any amount of money to kill the competition. And it has the money to do that.
     There will be more. Who’s next LG, Google?
    The free enterprise system does not like monopolies. That is why they have the Sherman Act and anti-trust legislation. Maybe it is a good thing. Apple should win it all and be eventually broken up into smaller companies by the US government like they did with.
    the oil companies
    and the Bell system:

    Like RampageDeluxe said “Apple has become disgusting company”

    I hope the US Government is watching.

  • Flamenco Lee

    Another classy move by Apple !
    Ethical Apple cashing in on Whitney Houston’s death.:

  • slaguru

    It’s ok.

    Us Android fans are starting to look like the sheep here.

    Such great thought out comments, ‘I hate Apple’ blah blah, and we call Apple losers.
    Maybe the best defence against Apple is for Android to appeal to more people, maybe convince people that Android is better, not Apple is worse.

    Fact is that Apple are playing a better game than anyone at the moment, and they have every right to defend their position. If they cheat doing it then hit them in the courts, but if not then Samsung, moto, Google et al needs to just be better than Apple.

    Right now they are not, and all the name calling, moaning and crying will do nothing about it.

  • Austin Petrowitsch

    The companies you mentioned are better then apple, only reason apples devices last is because they run a weaker Os. The fastest iOs phones only run at 800 Megahertz, the standard new android phone runs at 1 – 1.5 Gigahertz. and its shown that android is more reliable and has more apps. What does that mean? That means apple is getting buttherps and suing everyone. 

  • Cipher Zero

    This ×100. That was an extremely well thought-out and objective comment, something this site lacks more and more as time goes on. It is ironic (and downright embarrassing) when I see the frothing-at-the-mouth Android fanboys (or girls) rant and rave because Apple “sucks” or “is evil”, “doesn’t innovate”, or any number of idiotic statements that fanboys make (be it Apple fanboys or Android fanboys) then proceed to call people who own Apple products “sheep” – sometimes while saying something along the lines of ‘welcoming their new overlords’ (Google) in the same comment, or talking about how awesome the GNex is and how ICS “totally owns iOS” even though they’ve never even had one in their hands – it really makes normal Android fans look bad.
    I agree 100% that instead of flaming Apple and calling people sheep, and like the extremely unbalanced person two comments up (it’s removed now, but you’ve seen it), actually threatening physical harm to people who own an Apple product, it would be a lot better (and a lot more intelligent and productive) to make Android more appealing. I do love Android – if I didn’t I wouldn’t have spent the past three years learning how to theme and build custom ROMs in my spare time, but there is a lot of room for improvement and thinking otherwise is sheer folly at best, dangerously stupid at worst.
    What a lot of people don’t seem to understand is that Google isn’t in direct competition with Apple per se, Google is in competition more with Facebook (advertising revenue). Motorola, Samsung, HTC, et al. are in competition with Apple more than Google is. Google doesn’t manufacture phones at the moment (obviously, when they acquire Motorola Mobility, they’ll have more at stake), but the screaming, frothing, nutjobs aren’t going to win anyone over and make the rest of us look ridiculous.


    “Playing a better game” by lawsuits instead of better products means you deserve all the hate you get and all the insults. Apple copies some things from Android, and even Jobs wrote in his biography he has taken many ideas some straight up, some improved/changed. In the end our complaints don’t matter that much, the courtroom results do. However don’t act like Apple is entitled to suing every single possible threat to their products just because they try to patent everything in sight.

  • Flamenco Lee

    Hey Slagaru. You just don’t get it. If Apple is so good and the Androids so bad as you say that Samsung, Moto and Google need to get better then why is Apple trying to stop them from getting better on the flimsiest of excuses?  It is precisely because they are getting better. Oh Apple has a legal right to sue. It does not mean it is fair or morally correct or justified. And people do not have to agree that it is an infringement just because the clowns at the patent office are idiots.  And yes we know business is not fair and the world is not fair. Yes there have been lawsuits previously. But there has never been the worldwide scale and number of lawsuits launched by Apple against a group of companies to destroy the competition. They should be investigated for their anti-trust  tactics. It is you who is saying blah, blah, blah without commenting on the patents mentioned in this article. Why isn’t Apple using it’s real innovative patents to sue?

    Did you read about the patents they are suing on and do you understand them?
    Do you know how silly it they are and how it makes Apple look?
    Think about it seriously.
    1. Slide to unlock
    2. Auto-correct and automatic type ahead.

    Have you never encountered these before in other products?
    Did Apple invent them? Did they not steal the ideas?
    Are they such great and sophisticated inventions that no one else has thought of them before? Sorry to break the news to you but auto-correct and type ahead are in MS Word, Google Search and many other products. Tapping and sliding? Get off it.
    I just don’t see where the great innovations and infringement is.

    Are you aware of the lawsuits Apple has launched in Germany, UK, Spain, Netherlands, Australia and the US against the 3 companies above and many other smaller ones?
    They sued a tiny Spanish company that makes Android tablets.
    Good thing Apple lost.
    They sued a NZ company for using the term driPhone.

    Did they invent the letter “i”? Do they own it?
    Is it fair? Justified? Or just predatory and bullying?

    You don’t have to believe me about the all the lawsuits I have mentioned. Just look here:

    And there was no name calling or moaning on my part !! Just a little nauseous:) I gave you just the facts now chew on them.

  • slaguru

    What ???

    Who cares how fast a phone is ???
    Who cares how many apps (I point you in the direction of these forums while Apple had more apps for answers because back when Android had less apps it made no difference to Android fans, Android apps would just be better quality, its quality not quantity right, or is that not true any more??)
    As for reliability I assume you refer to the PCWorld article on App crashes (some well chosen stats there by the way), but OK I guess you could try and argue that case for picking Android over iOS, maybe that would be a better advert than say Samsung making fun of potential customers in their ads. If they were confident of the numbers get Google to run ads saying that, if Apple cant prove it wrong then they lose right ??… IF the numbers are right.

    Apple sue because they can and its their right to, if they are outside the law then they will be caught. 

    I dont care what Apple do, I will continue to use my Nexus for work and my iPhone for home, and my iPad for making music.

    How about this insane idea Google, get developers to make better apps, then I might feel bad for getting rid of my Transformer Prime for a tablet that I can actually get great apps for.


    Just because he says he is an android fan doesn’t make his post objective. He is clearly pro apple, regardless of whether he is anti-android.

  • RoninX

    Except that Android IS appealing to more consumers than Apple — hence the lawsuits.

    Business is war, so I’m not surprised at what Apple is doing.  However, I do find it laughable that Apple fans like FOSS Patents’ Mueller whine about Motorola’s victories with FRAND patents, and then cheer for Apple when they want to kill the Galaxy Nexus with lame and obvious utility patents that should never have been granted — like “slide to unlock.”

  • slaguru

    What a childish thing to say. 

    So because someone likes Apple they have cant be objective ?????

    That works the same if you like Google, Samsung etc, then you can be objective ??

  • slaguru

    Apple can sue anyone they like if they hold the patent, I’m not saying they should I’m just saying they can if they like.

    Any other company can do the same.

    Seems to me that not many people are upset by this, just a few tens of thousands of tech bloggers and android fans, and that counts for very few. 

    If Apple got a product pulled from the stores that millions of people cared about then it would ace the public wrath wouldn’t  it??

    Maybe all this proves is that the general public really do care more about a unified user experience, design and support than we do. 

  • Michael Clanton

     They are entitled to sue anyone they please, they have the patent and can enforce it. You android fan boys may not like it, but thats fact. And whats a better product is in the eye of the beholder.

  • setspeed

    No, the general public care about fashion, what their friends have, and what’s pushed in their face with advertising. I’m not denying that the iPhone is a great device for most people, but what I am saying is that the reasons you have given are not the reasons people buy iPhones.
    Most iPhone users will never use Apple support because their phone will not stop working, and if it does or they have a problem with it then the first thing they will do is look for help amongst their friends. Amongst those friends a good percentage will probably have an iPhone and usually at least one of them will have had the same issue who can help resolve it for them.
    As for a unified user experience – this is maybe slightly true once they have owned one iOS product – most people are lazy and don’t want to learn something new even if it’s better, hence they will stick to iOS for the rest of their lives since it is simplified and dumbed down enough for even the most stupid of people to use effectively.
    Design – patently incorrect. While it may look pretty to a lot of people, the design of the iPhone clearly lags behind many other phones; obviously a bigger screen could be fitted into that case but Apple chooses not to. Easily shattered glass on the back? Please, that’s one of the biggest design fails ever for a constantly handled item. Yet still people buy them over and over, not because it’s a great design, but because it’s fashionable. Not forgetting “Antenna-gate”, another major design failure. But Apple denies it, then dishes out a plastic bumper to everyone with a known faulty-design phone, then it’s back to business as usual and record profits.

  • slaguru

    I get your facts but I don’t get your point ??

    I never said Apple are so good and whoever are so bad, its obvious that Apple are good at something though, like it or not, and people talking about them and the people that like their stuff as losers and sheep make themselves look like childish idiots. 

    I don’t care what Apple wants to sue over as long as its legal and they have a right to do it. I (like millions of others) only want the products to be better. If Apple are stopping this from happening show me the proof, who me where they have stopped a product that was such an innovation by virtue of a patent. All the law suits in the world make no difference, its just lawyers getting rich. 

    I can’t argue that Apple invented anything, but who cares about that anyway, the millions of people who buy its products. I don’t know who invented the car either, but should I really ?, will that make my buying decision better. 

    I bought a SGNexus because I love Android, did Samsung invent Android, I bought an iPad because I like to make music with it, did Apple invent music ?? Who cares ….

    Morals, Fairness, Justified !!!!!, are Apple the only Tech company that does this, 
    1. Google’s use of code that infringes on Oracle and Microsoft – Fair ??, Moral ??
    2. Samsung Sues OSRAM and Siemans over LED patents, – Fair, Moral ??
    3. Motorola Sues, MS and Tivo over patents found in xBox and DRV, Fair, Moral 

    Maybe because its Apple they are always the bad guy, yep they are evil, they play fair (by the rules) but the rules are broken, unless of course its Samsung suing Apple, then thats fair right ??

    I hate over zealous fans on all sides, I just would like people to consider the possibility that Apple might have a point, and that instead of moaning about them, try and see what makes them so successful. 

    Being blind to Apples success will only make people seem arrogant (a claim place at iPhone owners all the time). 

  • fring

    What facts? All your blather is just opinion and invective.

  • Michael Clanton

     what an asinine post, APPLE has a responsibility to its shareholders to maximize profile, and to protect its innovations…now if you think they are not innovations made by apple, there is a process to dispute the patent by using prior art and other avenues. And those patents dont make apple look silly….maybe you should do some research and see how much apple, microsoft, sony, and others pay because of those silly patents that they use. Not saying apple is write, but you sound like a fan boy with your logic, its business.

  • Flamenco Lee

    Well chosen stats huh? Anything that puts Apple in a bad light is biased? Any anything negative against Android is true? That’s what you seem to be implying. 

    This was on Forbes. ( a well respected business mag)

    and the data is real time:

    Please read about it. And tell me its all fake, biased and well chosen.

    You should support your claims that it is well chosen or is it just you thinking that it is?

    Maybe SJ is still able to use his “reality distortion field” to affect others.
    (In case some readers never heard of this term.

  • Michael Clanton

     android isnt appealing to more, its available to more, android is cheaper in most respects, and you can get android at all the cheap and poor phone companies like cricket

  • RoninX

    And yet the Galaxy Nexus retails for $299, while the iPhone 4S starts $199, so high-end buyers are clearly drawn to Android.

    At the same time, the iPhone 3GS is now available for free from AT&T, so Apple fans won’t be able to use the “Android phones are cheaper” argument much longer.