Apple is seeking a US sales ban on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) version of Android that powers it, as the ongoing courtroom contretemps between Apple and Samsung gets a brand new front.
The Cupertino-based tech giant is seeking the retail embargo on the grounds that the latest edition of Android infringes software patents it holds.
These purportedly cover sliding screen-unlock mechanisms and the option to click on phone numbers on web pages to call them, according to the Verge.
The proceedings are currently at a nascent stage. Apple has so far only filed a motion in order to get a preliminary injunction to stop sales of the Galaxy Nexus.
However, the case has huge implications for every Android phone manufacturer and, if Apple is successful, could massively disrupt the launch of a host of ICS-powered smarties due later this year.
Apple’s filing comes as the likes of HTC and Sony are due to lift the lid on new Android smartphone challengers at the Mobile World Congress tech expo at the end of the month.
Samsung and Apple have been locked in an increasingly acrimonious, international legal spat since last year, which has already seen products banned from sale in select territories.