Galaxy Nexus sales ban overturned by US appeal court

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has overturned the preliminary sales ban placed on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, saying that Judge Lucy Koh’s California district court “abused its discretion in entering an injunction.” The Galaxy Nexus along with several other devices came under fire when Apple filed a patent infringement claim in February of this year, requesting that the the court place a preliminary injunction on the offending devices.

Judge Koh agreed with Samsung on several devices, including the Galaxy Tab 10.1, a ruling that is also currently mired in the appeals process. Apple came out the winner after a jury made a $1 billion decision in the Cupertino company’s favor, but the final outcome will not be decided until later this year. The lifting of the injunction on the Galaxy Nexus is a minor victory in the grand scheme of things, but one that Samsung and Google sorely needed.

[via Reuters]

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TAGS: lawsuits , patent wars

  • Lee McLaurin

    Just the first of many to be overturned.

    • ntegrit

      Even Woz said that this decision would be overturned.

  • ratnok

    WORD UP!!!!!

    Now what Lucy?

  • Kam Siu

    Judge Koh was sipping too much koolaid

    • TheReder

      Ohhh yeaaahhh!

      • Hipking23


      • No_Nickname90

        Oh my gosh!! Where did you find that!? Bwahahahahaaa!!

    • warcaster

      Glad to see she was put in her place, although is there any punishment for those abuses? There should be.

  • Sean

    Finally some justice on this damn planet.

  • Scott Lathrop


  • Havoc70

    At least the Appellate court has a brain unlike Koh

  • james ortiz

    well that’s good..because I don’t think I will be transitioning into the lg nexus….does not have super amoled screen.

    • Aslan Bollin

      I see that as a plus personally. Not a fan of any of the colors other then black on AMOLED screens myself.

      • james ortiz

        yes but LCD displays on phones always looks washed out

  • ant-roid

    “Apple also has to post a $96 million bond before this action takes place, just in case Samsung happens to pull out of this one.”. What happens to the money?

    • Lactose_the_Intolerant

      It’s a bond — think of it as a security deposit… it’ll be returned to Apple.

  • NeonGumbo

    Phandroid why didn’t you state that, “Samsung argued, somewhat humiliatingly, that the sales of the Galaxy Nexus were so poor that they didn’t pose a threat to Apple’s iPhone and that the unified search feature was not essential to the success of its device. The appeals court apparently agrees.” Stop your bloodclot bias!

    • Mike Mouse-Morales

      dude you’re on an Android centric blog… wtf did you think they were gonna put? If you wanted it to be unbiased check the BBC or the Economist. Seriously dude the site is called “Phandroid” as in FAN-Droid. dumbass.

      • BLADESMAN1889

        It is an interesting point though, & to be fair I’m an android fan but I wouldn’t have known about it – nor would I have gone online to check the full details as I’m not a journalist. Maybe this also tells us why so far none of the rumors flying around related to the upcoming Nexus have knockout specs.

      • 84guy

        i always thought of it as, android phone, phone android= phandroid. never thought of it as fan-droid, i could be wrong?

        • BLADESMAN1889

          I always wondered why they didn’t spell it Fandroid if that’s what is meant to be ?

          • Unorthodox

            Because the domain name was taken?

        • John Wentworth

          I always thought of it as fan-droid, if it was just phones they couldn’t cover tablets or anything else that runs Android lol, plus phone android doesn’t make much sense to me.

          • No_Nickname90

            Phandroid is just a fusion of the words “Android” and “Phone”. It doesn’t necessarily mean “Phone Android”. Like in DBZ with the fusion dance. They fuse to make a new name. The name doesn’t specify which one is 1st.

            And this site did come out before tablets. It’s not like they predicted that tablets would come out. LoL!!

    • No_Nickname90

      I think it’s more related to the Appeals Court knowing that Apple has a stupid patent and that the device doesn’t need to be banned. I mean really now, how do you get a patent for unified search?

      But that’s just my 2 cents on the matter.

  • Jose Andino

    Dear judge Lucy Koh, BOOOOOOOYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!

  • phinn

    Does these mean Google can announce a Nexus 4 with Android 4.2 now?

  • Quryous

    Was there any real doubt. Now, to assess how much damage Apfail did to Samsung by their request for improper injunction. I’d say, oh, about 4 billion USD.

  • mikedo2007

    Alright, looks like Apple frivilous lawsuit will backfired on them when Galaxy Tab 10.1 ban will get overturned . Yay for economic freedom!!!

  • endinyal

    “Samsung argued, somewhat humiliatingly, that the sales of the Galaxy Nexus were so poor that they didn’t pose a threat to Apple’s iPhone and that the unified search feature was not essential to the success of its device. The appeals court apparently agrees.”

    That argument alone just goes to show you guys who’s sipping too much kool-aid.

  • Shannon

    Huh. I’ve actually thought of what the name means both ways. But as for the Phone-Android argument, I don’t think tablets were really around when the site started. I could be wrong, though…

  • ryan rochford

    this is why Google is changing he nexus program. if their only device gets banned, then what?