Galaxy S III Gets A Reprieve; Apple Can’t Block US Launch
One week ago, we heard about Apple’s latest motion in its legal proceedings against Samsung regarding patent violations in its Android lineup. While the case originally focused on the Galaxy Nexus, Apple decided to up the ante and try to get a preliminary injunction against sales of the Galaxy S III, set to make its US debut in just another week. If granted, such an injunction could easily derail Samsung’s launch plans. Luckily for all of your with pre-orders, the judge overseeing the case has now denied that motion, clearing the path for the GS3 to arrive.
This is far from news that Samsung Androids are out of hot water, as the devices could well be found in violation of Apple’s patents when the matter comes to trial. If the court rules against Samsung, it could find itself on the hook for some serious fines, and may have to make modifications to its future devices. For the moment, at least, the GS3’s US launch should be in the clear.
To what does Samsung owe this reprieve? The judge’s calendar is too full at the moment for her to have the time to hear Apple’s arguments for the motion. For Samsung, that’s quite the lucky break.