The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Court (CAFC) has delayed the imposition of a sales ban apple won against Samsung's Galaxy Nexus handsets.
The CAFC's ruling overturns a previous ruling by Judge Lucy Koh. Apple had won a pretrial sales injunction on the Nexus based on claims that the smartphone infringed on technology found in the iPhone. The new ruling grants the Galaxy Nexus a temporary stay until at least 20 August.
Apple won a sales injunction against the Galaxy Nexus last month. Judge Lucy Koh ordered the injunction to go into effect until the Apple v. Samsung case was settled in court later this year.
Samsung appealed Koh's ruling and asked the judge to lift the injunction. Koh denied the request and Samsung brough its appeal to a higher governing body in the CAFC.
The CAFC decided to grant the Galaxy Nexus a stay, or suspension, of the injunction pending an appeal.
Patent law expert Florian Mueller argued on his blog that it would make sense to grant Samsung a stay on the sales injunction for the remainder of appeals process. That means Samsung has at least until 20 August to continue selling its smartphone.
"I said that this is only moderately favourable to Samsung. That's because it shouldn't be extremely difficult for the court to grant the motion to stay: since the appeal can be adjudicated anytime after the 20 August hearing," wrote Mueller.
"It would make sense to just stay the injunction for the remainder of the appeals process given that a disruption of its sales is clearly more harmful to Samsung than an extended stay is to Apple."
The Galaxy Nexus sales injunction is just one of the legal hurdles currently facing Samsung. Apple and Samsung lawyers recently offered their opening statements to jurors to start what some are calling the patent case of the decade.
Apple has seen its grasp on the mobile market dwindle in recent months. As the company prepares to unleash its rumored iPhone 5 later this year, rival products have seen an uptake in sales.
Samsung has continued to gain traction in the mobile market with the release of the Galaxy S3. Recent figures show that Samsung has sold 50.5 million S3 handsets in last 3 months.
The South Korean company also recently unleashed a iPhone transfer app for its Galaxy phones. Easy Phone Sync is an app that makes it easier for users to transfer their data to Samsung headsets. The app is an attempt to entice iPhone users to make the switch to Samsung devices.
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