Apple's 1st Motion for a Preliminary Injuction

On July 1, 2011, Apple filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against some of the Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones and tablets at issue in the case.  Apple’s motion for a preliminary injunction was limited to four of the accused Samsung devices (Infuse 4G, Galaxy S 4G, Droid Charge smartphones, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1), which allegedly infringed the following four Apple patents: D’677, D’087, D’889, US Patent No. 7,469,381(one of the utility patents in suit, and it covers software).

For two reasons, the motion is interesting for how it starts.  First, it explained why it limited the motion to four devices and four patents, claiming that the decision would be easy for the court:

“[i]n order to expedite resolution of this motion, Apple has selected intellectual property rights that lend themselves readily to adjudication without trial…Deciding infringement of these design patents is as simple as comparing Apple’s design patents to images of the Samsung products and observing the substantial similarity between the two. The same is true for validity: a visual comparison of prior art designs with Apple’s design patents confirms that Apple’s patented designs are radically different from the prior art...the claims of the ‘381 patent are so clear…[a] simple demonstration proves that Samsung’s products infringe…For even greater simplicity, Apple is limiting this motion to new products that Samsung recently released in the U.S.” Apple’s Motion for a Preliminary Injunction, 2011-07-01, Docket No. 86 at 8-9.

Second, Apple’s motion, after bragging about the “unique and refined” look of its products, explained that it had tried to convince Samsung to abandon this course of copying to no avail.  “[T]hose [Apple’s] pleas fell on deaf ears.”  Attempts to resolve matters outside court are generally welcomed by the courts.

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