Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has appealed for a ban on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which the company has claimed that it copies a number of significant features found on the iPhone. Due to this Apple has indicated that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus should not be sold in the United States.
The case involving the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is separate from the one already filed in San Jose. The argument repeated the same points raised by Apple in a case that it won in a district court in Northern California. The ruling was appealed by Samsung (KRX:005930) and the companies are continuing their battle in an appeals court in DC.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus case filed by Apple is distinct from the trial between the two technology giants that is being heard in San Jose, California. This particular case is focused on the software features of the product as compared to the San Jose case which focuses on the design of the hardware.
According to Mark Perry, the lawyer of Apple, the Samsung smartphone attempts to take a part of the market through the use of a copycat product. However John Quinn, the lawyer of Samsung, indicated that Samsung Galaxy Nexus sales will not affect the market share of Apple since they are small when it is compared to the iPhone
It will be necessary for Apple to establish the fact that the features on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus resulted to a decrease in the market share of the company. Although arguments were made recently at the appeals court, the trial will not start until March next year.
The patent on the unified search feature is main focus of the case. This feature facilitates the location of data inside the device. The universal search feature is supposedly crucial for Siri, which offers answers based on a number of sources, according to Apple.
Although a similar feature is found on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, only a small number of people know about it.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus was a flagship smartphone of Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) when it was released last year and was the first device to use the Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0. It was initially offered by Verizon in the US market before Sprint included it in its product lineup.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus does not have the same popularity as the Apple iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S2, which was previously the flagship smartphone of the South Korean company.