* Pre-trial ban on Galaxy Nexus sales follows Tab ban
* Such injunctions considered rare
By Dan Levine
SAN JOSE, Calif., June 29 A U.S. judge on Friday
granted Apple Inc's request for a pre-trial injunction
against the sale of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's
Galaxy Nexus phone, handing the iPhone maker its second legal
victory against Samsung in a week.
Apple and Samsung, the world's largest consumer electronics
corporations, are waging legal war in several countries,
accusing each other of patent violations as they vie for
supremacy in a fast-growing market for mobile devices.
Friday's decision, by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San
Jose, California, comes days after she also slapped a pre-trial
ban on sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, a tablet computer
that runs on Google Inc's Android and goes toe-to-toe
with the iPad.
The back-to-back triumphs - significant because pre-trial
injunctions are rarely granted - meant Apple had a better week
in court than last week, when Chicago federal court judge
Richard Posner ruled the iPhone maker could not pursue an
injunction against Google's Motorola Mobility, effectively
ending that case.
"Apple has made a clear showing that, in the absence of a
preliminary injunction, it is likely to lose substantial market
share in the smartphone market and to lose substantial
downstream sales of future smartphone purchases and tag-along
products," Judge Koh said in Friday's ruling.
Koh scheduled a hearing on Monday to consider whether to put
the Galaxy Nexus injunction on hold pending appeal. And she said
in court that she might rule on Sunday whether or to similarly
put on hold the earlier injunction on the Galaxy Tab.
Apple has waged an international patent war since 2010 as it
seeks to limit the growth of Google's Android system, the
world's most-used mobile operating platform. Opponents of Apple
say it is using patents too aggressively in a bid to stamp out
Spokeswoman Kristin Huguet reiterated her previous
statement, accusing Samsung of copying the look and feel of its
products. Samsung was not immediately available for comment.
As a condition of the injunction, Apple was ordered to post
a bond of more than $95 million, to secure payment of damages
sustained by Samsung should the injunction be deemed a wrongful
decision later. The order shall become effective upon posting of
The case in U.S. District Court, Northern District of
California, is Apple Inc v. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd et al,