Apple just doesn't want anyone cutting in on its iPhone territory and it will go all kinds of legal means to stop smartphone interlopers coming into the United States.
Earlier, this week, Apple filed a complaint with the ITC(International Trade Commission) requesting an immediate import ban of 29 allegedly-infringing HTC devices including the HTC One S/X/V, HTC Inspire, HTC Vivid, HTC Status, HTC Sensation and most of the top of the line Android smartphones and tablets going back to the last year's Droid Incredible 2 for infringing the 647 data-tapping patent. Rumors have also suggested that the original ITC complaint delayed the Droid Incredible 4G LTE.
Apple claims that its data tapping patent is the patent being tapped into illegally by Samsung Galaxy S III. Apple also contends that the S3 infringes upon its 604 unified search/Siri patent.
Samsung claims it won't let Apple stop the Samsung Galaxy S III release due to its pending Preliminary Injunction. Samsung replied to the motion stating "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."
Attorney Florian Mueller noted that a court could stop the release of the Samsung Galaxy S III that was announced to be coming in the next few months from all major carriers.
Text of Samsung motion 12-06-05 Apple Motion on Galaxy S III