The US courts have rejected Samsung's request to lift a pre-trial injunction blocking sales of its Galaxy Nexus smartphone.
According to Reuters, US District judge Lucy Koh rejected Samsung's request on Tuesday, just one day after ruling to uphold a similar injunction against the company's Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet.
The company has since promised to further contest the ban, reiterating its belief that Apple is using legal wizardry rather than improving its products to compete in the smartphone and tablet markets.
"Samsung is disappointed with the court's decision that denied our motion to stay. We believe today's ruling will ultimately reduce the availability of superior products to consumers in the US," a Samsung spokesman told V3.
"We will continue to pursue an appeal of the Galaxy Nexus preliminary injunction, which we filed on 2 July. Meanwhile, we are also working closely with Google to resolve this matter, as the patent in question concerns Google's unified search function."
Apple was awarded a sales ban blocking the sale of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone by a San Francisco court on 29 June, after the iPhone maker accused the Galaxy Nexus of infringing on four of its patents.
Apple was required to post a $95m bond designed to cover possible losses by Samsung should Apple's claim be overturned, in order for the injunction to take effect.T
The legal battle between Samsung and Apple began in 2011 after Apple accused Samsung of "slavishly" copying the iPhone and iPad.
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