Consumers in the U.S. will not be able to buy this Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone once Apple posts the $96 million bond. (Photo : REUTERS/Bobby Yip)
On Friday United States California Judge Lucy Koh ordered a temporary sales ban on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphones in the U.S., giving Apple its second victory in the same week.
Earlier in the week, Judge Koh also ruled in Apple's favor banning the sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer.
Apple has been contesting that Samsung's products infringe upon Apple patents.
"Apple has clearly shown that it is likely to suffer irreparable harm in the absence of preliminary injunctive relief," Judge Lucy Koh wrote in the ruling available online
The U.S. District Court of Northern California said on Friday that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone "likely" infringes on four patents held by Apple, including one that is part of Siri, Apple's voice assistant used on the new iPhone 4S.
Apple needs to post a $96 million bond to cover the estimated loss of sales Samsung will suffer in case Apple loses the lawsuit down the road. Once the bond is posted, the sales ban will go into effect.
"We are currently working closely with Google to resolve this matter, as the patent in question concerns Google's unified search function," said Nam Ki-yung, a spokesman for Samsung.
This isn't the first time the two companies have tangled. Apple and Samsung have been tangled up in lawsuits in North America, Asia, and Europe since April 2011. Apple accuses Samsung of basically copying the iPhone and the iPad while Samsung says that Apple uses its mobile technology without permission from them.
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