Apple’s attempt to stop Samsung from selling their Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the United States has hit a roadblock. A U.S. federal court on Monday said it could not rule right away on Apple’s request for a preliminary injunction while the matter is before an appeals court, according to Macworld.

On May 14, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit had concluded, ”that Apple had shown that it was likely to suffer irreparable harm from the sales of Samsung’s infringing tablets.” In doing so, it disagreed with a District Court’s previous conclusion that Apple had failed to show that it was likely to succeed on the merits, according to a filing by Apple.

However, Samsung quickly filed a petition for rehearing of the panel decision. Because of this, the District Court must wait to hear back from the Court of Appeals or the Federal Circuit before making a decision on Apple’s request for an injunction.

All this stems from Apple’s decision in July to seek an injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which arrived in Spring 2011. Apple claims that Samsung’s tablet infringes on their D504,889 patent.

This is just one of many patent battles being played out around the world between the two technology companies.

We’ll keep you updated.

Source: Macworld