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Apple requests injunction against Samsung Galaxy S3

Apple has filed a motion to have Samsung's Galaxy S3 included among the products the company believes is in violation of its patents.

The original injunction, filed in February against Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, lists four patents it claims the South Korean company has infringed upon. Apple has accused Samsung, which co-developed the Galaxy Nexus with Google, of unlawfully incorporating technology like the iPhone's signature slide-to-unlock mechanism, Siri's voice-activated search functions, auto-complete technology and data tapping, through which the device can, for example, recognise a phone number in an email and allow the user to call it right away.

In this latest motion, which Apple put forth after obtaining a UK version of the Galaxy S3 weeks ahead of its US release, the company claims the S3 infringes on patents related to voice-activated search and data tapping. Apple requested that the court impose a ban on the import and sale of S3 products in the US.

Samsung objected to the move, claiming that it is too late to amend the original motion filed in February. "If Apple wishes to seek an injunction against the Galaxy S III, the Court should require Apple to file a new motion and allow the parties to develop a full factual record on all four factors. Accordingly, the Court should reject Apple's motion to amend its current notice of motion for a preliminary injunction", Samsung's counsel countered.

The dispute comes after court-mandated settlement talks between the two tech giants fell through.