Samsung has won a partial stay on an order banning its Galaxy Tab 10.1 device from sale in the US after judge Lucy Koh overturned an earlier order.
In the ruling, Koh agreed with Samsung that while the original issue is in dispute, the smartphone maker should be able to sell its device as this does not hurt Apple's position in the market.
"The court does not agree with Apple that Samsung's motion for dissolution of the 26 June preliminary injunction cannot be fairly decided without resolving Apple's post-trial motions," said Koh in her ruling.
She also said it would be unfair on consumers to ban a product when there were still questions over whether it infringed on patents or not.
However, issues still remain for Samsung after Koh warned a ban could be reinstated if further hearings went against Samsung.
"Nonetheless, the Court agrees with Apple that based on the post-trial motions, the Court could, potentially, issue a permanent injunction on the Galaxy Tab 10.1," she added.
Samsung welcomed the ruling from the court.
"We are pleased with the court's action today, which vindicates our position that there was no infringement of Apple's design patent and that an injunction was not called for," it said in a statement.
V3 contacted Apple for comment on the ruling but the firm declined to comment.
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