In a further escalation of its legal battle against Samsung, Apple yesterday filed a preliminary injunction with the US District Court for the Northern District of California, seeking to bar entry to the company's latest mobile devices in the US.
Earlier in the battle, Samsung had dropped its US countersuit in a strategic gambit to better focus on fighting its rival's original claims.
On Thursday Samsung issued notice of voluntary dismissal putting an end to the suit after the judge suggested using the claims against Apple. Samsung responded by dropping two patent claims but added four, all connected with transmission and displaying of data.
On Friday Apple filed a preliminary injunction seeking to bar entry to the company's latest mobile devices in the US.
In the filing Apple has asked for a preliminary injunction against Samsung making, selling, and importing the Galaxy S 4G, Infuse 4G, Droid Charge smartphones, along with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. According to Apple the products infringe three of its design patents and one utility patent.
"A preliminary injunction is necessary not only to protect Apple's rights, but also to protect the public interest," Apple said in its filing. "Because Apple has demonstrated a likelihood of success on its claims, the public interest would be served by prohibiting Samsung from infringing Apple's patents."