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Re: "Apple lands preliminary ban against Samsung Galaxy Nexus."
I wouldn't let this ban really trouble anyone too much for a few key reasons:
1. To most consumers, the Nexus is just another Android phone. They don't get the difference between vanilla Android and the skins that OEMs put on top. If they were planning on buying this, they are just going to purchase their second option. Also, idk how well this phone sold, but judging by the numbers on the SGS3, the Nexus is the wrong target.
2. By definition, Samsung did infringe on Apple's patents. However, in the months to come, judges are going to begin ignoring these cases, and begin looking to the USPTO to stop granting these vague patents. Also, this is a boon for OEMs, MS, and Google. If such vague stuff can get a ban, then these companies will see that they can do the same silly tactics to get each other banned. Eventually, a (reluctant) agreement may be reached.
3. The GS3 will probably be avoided by Apple. The bond that will have to be posted due to all the pre-sales will be several billion dollars. If your plan was to get the new Galaxy, no worries.
4. Expect a backlash from Google and OEMs. Maybe not for the release of this iPhone but if the litigation doesn't stop, Google will become fed up. Apple does not need one of its profitable products banned, since only two of its products sell like hotcakes (iPad and iPhone).
5. EU and Aus/NZ judges are starting to ignore litigation on software patents. On other forums, I have read that most cases involving software patents in Aus/NZ are not even heard anymore.
Unfortunately, the average consumer knows absolutely nothing about all of these patent wars. Reason is, most of the phones that are being restricted are "just another Android phone." Expect that if the same ban is brought down on the SGS3, there will be a much larger public outcry.