Earlier this week, the legal back-and-forth between Samsung and Apple took a turn in Apple’s favor, when it was awarded a preliminary injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. It looks Samsung’s bad luck will continue, as news has just arrived of Apple getting its way with a second injunction against Samsung, this time targeting the Galaxy Nexus.
Full details on the ruling aren’t yet available, but it’s clearly a setback for Samsung. Keep in mind that such an injunction doesn’t necessarily mean that the Galaxy Nexus is in violation of any of Apple’s holdings, but merely that the court sees strong enough evidence to consider that a possibility worthy of granting the injunction until the matter can be settled at trial. Apple raised four objections to the Galaxy Nexus, and the court believes Apple is likely to be victorious on all four complaints.
Apple will have to post a $96M bond to support this injunction, a huge step up from the $2.6M for the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Ultimately, this feels like the immediate impact on Samsung’s bottom line could be limited, as the Galaxy Nexus is already well into its product life, and we can assume that a large number of all the GNex handsets that will ever be sold, already have been. Still, the arrival of Jelly Bean could create an upswing in GNex interest, making the timing of this decision worse than it otherwise could have been.