In the other court battle between Apple and Samsung, Apple is arguing that the Universal Search feature in the Galaxy Nexus violates Apple’s “universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system” patent. But Samsung says Apple shouldn’t feel threatened by the Galaxy Nexus, because the sales of the phone are so “minuscule”.
According to Bloomberg, after Apple’s lawyer Mark Perry told the court that the Galaxy Nexus was Samsung’s “beat-Apple strategy” and that it “was the top of the line, Cadillac phone they trotted out to compete with the iPhone”, Samsung said:
Samsung lawyer John Quinn said Apple, which has the biggest share of the U.S. market, wasn’t harmed by the “minuscule” sales of the Galaxy Nexus, so there’s no threat if the phone remains on the market.
Oof. It is true — according to Samsung’s lawyer, Samsung sold $US250 million of the Galaxy Nexus device in the first two quarters while Apple sold $US16.2 billion worth of iPhones in the last quarter. Samsung is effectively trying to argue that the Galaxy Nexus and iPhone aren’t competing with each other, and if they are competing, Apple is clearly winning this battle. The case is in the appeals court right now as Samsung is trying to get the courts to overturn an order to stop selling the Galaxy Nexus in the US until the patent-infringement case can be held (it’s currently set for 2014). Ugh to all these court battles. [Bloomberg]