US Appeals Court Overturns Samsung Galaxy Nexus Sales Ban

A United States Court of Appeals has overturned a pretrial sales ban against Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone. The ruling came yesterday¬†from the Federal Court, though it’s not expected to have much of an impact on sales of the Galaxy Nexus as the product is likely to be overshadowed by the introduction of the next generation Nexus device.

Apple had received a pretrial injunction against the Nexus in June, only to have that injunction stayed until the court could make a formal ruling. In their opinion on Thursday, the Federal Court reversed the entire injunction, stating that Judge Koh abused her dissection.

“It may very well be that the accused product would sell almost as well without incorporating the patented feature,” the court wrote. “And in that case, even if the competitive injury that results from selling the accused device is substantial, the harm that flows from the alleged infringement (the only harm that should count) is not.”

The court considered a single patent, otherwise known as universal search on Android devices. The appeals court has sent the case back to Judge Koh for reconsideration.

This ruling came a day after Google Chairman Eric Schmidt called the intensifying battle between Google and Apple a “defining fight” for the future of the mobile industry.


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  • Cybersedan

    Yes, some common sense… finally!!

  • Paul

    Take that Judge Koh! You too Apple!
    I’ll bet Judge Koh has an iPhone…or at least now she does after the initial ruling.

  • tomarone

    That Universal Search Patent is so much baloney. How could they patent that? Crazy!

    • Spanky

      The same way they patented a rectangle with rounded corners. This is a complete joke.

  • thepanttherlady

    I just read this morning that Apple submitted and received approval on a 3rd patent for the slide to unlock function to cover a “broader” definition. :/

    • auser72

      What next??? The power button!!!!

      • Paul

        Buy Blackberry.
        Copyright “Smart Phone” term.

      • MuthaFuckinStephen

        Don’t give Apple any ideas.

    • archerian

      My brother had an old van from the 80s that had Slide to Unlock side entry doors.. Prior Art?

      • thepanttherlady

        I almost spit out my drink..thanks! =P

  • Rob Daman

    lawyers on both sides sure got paid!

  • Marshmallow 5.0.1

    Sad that Apple is sueing every manufacture because they cant keep up with technology. Apple has gone to shit since Steve died. Sueing & injunctions is the only way Apple will survive. Iphone 5 is a big example that they are running out of ideas.
    R.I.P Apple 2025

    • mikkej2k

      Steve Jobs is the one who wanted a strategy of “sue sue sue”

    • Apple will be out of the mobile industry before then I’m sure…

    • Bklynman

      Little Stevie declare war against all thing android,war he has.I am waiting
      for Blackberry and Nokia, to sue apple. I am sure apple didn’t steal anything
      from them.Right!

  • guest

    According to Apple….. Five rows of icons and panoramic pics is innovative on the Iphone 5. Lol

    • Spanky

      The other day, a iPhone 4S-owning friend of mine was bragging about the panoramic photo feature that iPhones just got. The look on his face was absolutely classic when I told him that Android has had it for over a year.

      • Feature phones had it before iPhone.

        • WirelessRefugee

          And my Canon Powershot digital camera that I took to Europe in May 2000 had panorama mode. That in 2010-11 a manufacturer would put the software feature on a cell phone, sheesh I didn’t even notice. And I used it for the first time about a month ago, on my SGS II.

  • eanfoso

    Can’t wait for jolla to release their flagship, hopefully it will indeed be a good alternative to Samsung and apple

  • nikitao1

    Hahahahha f*ck Crapple!

  • Josue

    Apple sued every one for rounded corners now with apple maps no one can find a ducking corner lol

  • WirelessRefugee

    I heard on the news that Google is putting “swipe to delete” on G-Mail and also “pinch to zoom.”

    I assume we will see those features on the iPhone 7, in 2014.

    • The iPhone already has swipe to delete.