“Apple made this move approximately 20 hours after I wrote about the Galaxy S III being “the obvious next target”. In my blog post I speculated that Apple might bring a preliminary injunction motion against it, possibly after awaiting tomorrow’s preliminary injunction hearing. Apple decided to forge ahead now,” Mueller reports. “Apple is on the offensive against Android. Earlier this week it filed an ITC complaint requesting an immediate import ban of 29 allegedly-infringing HTC devices. There’s an important overlap: the ‘data tapping’ patent that Apple is seeking to enforce against HTC’s current generation of products is one of two patents Apple is using against the S III.”
Mueller reports, “While the preliminary injunction motion filed in February targets the Galaxy Nexus over four patents, Apple is still analyzing the S III’s potential infringement of two of those patents (the new slide-to-unlock patent and the autocomplete patent), but in order to accelerate the process and facilitate the court’s analysis, Apple ‘”will limit its current request for preliminary relief against the Galaxy S III to the ’604 [unified search, i.e., Siri] and ’647 [data tapping] patents, because it is clear that infringement can be shown with respect to these patents based on the current record.’”
Read more, including the full text of Apple’s motion, in the full article here.