The US Federal Court of Appeals has overturned the preliminary Samsung Galaxy Nexus sales injunction.
The ruling overturns a previous order by Judge Lucy Koh which ordered a preliminary sales injunction on Samsung Galaxy Nexus devices on the grounds that the smartphone infringed upon technologies patented by Apple.
"We hold that the district court abused its discretion in enjoining the sales of the Galaxy Nexus," the Appeals Court wrote in its order.
Originally, Judge Koh had made her ruling on the basis that the continued US sale of the Galaxy Nexus would unfairly hamper Apple's ability to stay competitive in the market.
The Appeals Court ruling now overturns that verdict on the grounds that Apple failed to provide the necessary evidence to prove that decision viable.
For an example of its reasoning, the court points to Apple patent numbered 8,086,604. Judge Koh ruled that Samsung infringed upon that patent which covers the Quick Search Box (QSB) function for Apple devices. Koh's verdict outlined that the infringement was enough for a sales injunction.
However, the Appeals Court overruled that decision by saying the technology in question is a Google Android OS issue and predates Samsung devices.
"QSB is a feature of Android, an open-source mobile software platform developed by Google. Any software developer may use Android to create applications for mobile devices, and any handset manufacturer can install Android on a device," continued the courts ruling.
"Galaxy Nexus is only one of more than 300 Android smartphones available on the market. The release of the allegedly infringing version of the Android platform predates the release of the Galaxy Nexus, but Google is not a defendant in this suit."
In spite of the latest appeal ruling, the Apple-Samsung case is still not over. Apple will have the opportunity to state its case for a permanent injunction on certain Samsung devices 6 December, according to patent blogger Florian Mueller.
"Apple's best shot at obtaining injunctive relief against Samsung will be a 6 December hearing on its motion for a permanent injunction based on the liability findings at this summer's trial," wrote Mueller in a blog post.
"The Galaxy Nexus is not among the exemplary infringing products accused in that action, but Apple is seeking an open-ended injunction that will affect not only the specifically-named products that infringed a while ago but also any newer ones that have substantially the same infringement pattern."
Samsung's victorious overturn marks another legal victory for the firm. The Nexus maker has been in a number of patent infringement cases with Apple throughout 2012.
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