Judge OKs Apple injunction on Samsung’s Nexus phone

More bad news for Samsung in its legal battle with Apple: A U.S. district judge has just granted Apple a preliminary injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus phone.

That’s the same device Google handed out to developers at its I/O conference just a few days ago. Apple had requested an injunction against the smartphone in February, alleging that it infringed on several of its patents. An injunction would keep it from being sold in stores.

According to Reuters’ Dan Levine, the injunction can go into effect as soon as Apple posts a bond of “nearly $96 million. He added that the decision centered around U.S. Patent 8,086,604, which is Apple’s unified search functionality.

CNET has reached out to Samsung for more information, and will update this post when we know more.

An Apple spokeswoman reiterated the same statement the company has run with since it took aim at the South Korean technology giant in a patent infringement suit last April. “It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging,” Apple said. “This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we’ve said many times before, we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”

Reuters was the first to report the news, which was handed down in a decision from District Judge Lucy Koh in a San Jose, Calif. court this afternoon.

The win is Apple’s second against Samsung this week. Late Tuesday the iPhone, iPad and Mac maker was awarded a preliminary injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab device, a ruling that also came from Judge Koh. Apple quickly followed through with a $2.6 million bond to get the gears in motion, however there will be an additional hearing before that goes into effect.

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