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.
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