Thursday, October 11, 2012

Court reverses injunction that likely shouldn't have been granted

Back in the start of the summer Apple was granted an injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus based on the ‘604 universal search patent. The court has reversed its decision based on the fact that Apple had not shown that universal search was a main selling feature of the phone. I realize that injunctions such as this require expediency in the legal system in order to be effective however an issue such as this must surely have been in the mind of the court when granting the injunction. I understand that Apple has many patents and is merely utilizing them to ensure competition is increased in the marketplace but it is quite a stretch to believe that people are buying phones based on unified search. I think we will be seeing more of this as the courts delve deeper into Apple’s patents and find that many of them are overly broad or have some prior art to invalidate them.