October 11, 2012
An appeals court has ruled that Samsung can once again sell the Galaxy Nexus in the U.S. This ruling, which was a defeat for Apple, overturns an injunction first awarded by a lower court in June, according to CNET. In issuing their ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that the district court in California “abused its discretion” in imposing a preliminary injunction on Galaxy Nexus sales. As such, the court saw no reason to continue the injunction. Apple believes that Samsung infringed upon U.S. Patent No. 8,086,604 that has to do with Siri voice commands and unified search functionality. Because of this, Apple believes that having the Galaxy Nexus on the market would weaken sales of the iPhone. The court didn’t buy this argument and now the case goes back to the district court level for a possible trial. The Galaxy Nexus was launched in 2011 through a joint partnership between Google and Samsung. However, Google was not a defendant in this case. For further reading see Apple Wins Injunction Against Samsung's Galaxy Nexus Handset and Preliminary Injunction On Samsung Galaxy Nexus Temporarily Stayed.