Apple decided to get into real action. Patent expert Florian Mueller on the pages of the FOSS Patents blog said that Apple's lawyers have sent official letters to a number of large and medium-sized retailers demanding to stop selling the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the near future.
According to Mueller, Apple is demanding that sellers "immediately stop selling prohibited products on all marketplaces (offline and online stores) under their direction or control." Temporary relief by lawyers is not taken into account, shopkeepers are advised to submit voluntarily.
In their appeal, Apple's lawyers are extremely correct. However, Samsung disagrees. The company's lawyers interpret the text of the court order in different ways, so the Samsung administration is confident that Apple has thereby started unfair competition and the Californian tech giant is deliberately putting pressure on independent sellers.
Samsung lawyers, who are defending the Korean manufacturer in more than two dozen patent lawsuits against Apple around the world, firmly believe that third parties are "allowed to sell their existing stock."
Interestingly, the next court hearing is scheduled only for July 30, and the next ban on sales, respectively, can be introduced from that date. Why is Apple in such a hurry? Really, Cupertinians are so much afraid of the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab 10.1. After all, the South Korean competitor has the equally popular Galaxy Tab 2 and Galaxy Tab 7.7.
And what are Apple's lawyers actually counting on after the US Court of Appeal sided with Samsung and lifted the ban on the sale of Galaxy Nexus smartphones in the US until the next hearing.