The case is based on an appeal by Apple against the use of its intellectual property defended by several patents. Apple claims that the design of the Nexus copies part of designs made by Apple and that such a behavior of Samsung is unacceptable.
Judge Koh ruled such kind of a ban for a second time, after banning the Galaxy Tab 10.1 on a similar basis. Both bans were preliminary and based on the expectation that the Apple’s arguments will be accepted in a future trial. Such preliminary bans are relatively rare in the legal practice of courts in the States.
Samsung on its part has already appealed the ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 before Judge Koh, but the appeal was overruled and the case will be taken to the federal court in Washington. Samsung seems determined to appeal the decision on the Galaxy Nexus, as the arguments of Apple should be based on significant financial interest to be accepted, and according to Samsung, this is not the case in both trials.
As a result, the hashtag #BoycottApple is trending on Google+, with several users posting comical images of the issue and advocating for the boycott of the iPhone-making company.