After U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh denied Samsung’s appeal to lift the sales ban on the Galaxy Nexus earlier this week, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit just suspended the sales ban tonight, Venture Beat reports.
The court’s decision to suspend the ban will last only until Apple can respond and the court decides whether or not the ban should be in effect throughout the rest of the patent infringement trial.
However, The court declined to stay the ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1, writes The Verge.
Although Google has already pulled the Galaxy Nexus from its Play store, the company says the phone will be back on sale next week with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a software workaround for the Apple patent on unified search that triggered the ban in the first place.
Apple accused its Asian rival Samsung, the leader in global mobile device sales, in lawsuits of blatantly copying its hot-selling iPhones and iPads.
Last Friday Judge Koh granted Apple a major win by calling for a temporary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
According to Reuters, Apple and Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest consumer electronics companies, are waging legal battles in about 10 countries, accusing each other of patent infringement as they vie for supremacy in a fast-growing market for mobile devices.
Apple has waged an international patent war since 2010 as its main aim is to limit the growth of Google’s Android system, the world’s most-used mobile operating platform.
At the same time, opponents of Apple say it is using patents too aggressively in a bid to stamp out competition.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit announced that it would temporarily stay the smartphone injunction while it considers Apple’s arguments, according to the court’s brief order. It gave Apple a July 12 deadline to respond.
The decisions are the latest in a long-running battle between Samsung and Apple in U.S. courts but they are unlikely to significantly depress the Asian tech-power’s bottom line since it is rolling out new tablet and smartphone models.
South Korean Samsung Electronics announced Friday that it expects a record operating profit of 6.7 trillion won ($5.9 billion) in the second quarter, amid strong sales of its mobile devices.
Sasmsung’s flagship Galaxy smartphones are likely to have stretched their lead over rivals Apple and Nokia – despite a parts shortage that meant it struggled to keep up with stronger-than-expected demand for its latest S III model.
Apple sued Samsung last year, accusing the South Korean electronics maker of “slavishly” copying the iPhone and iPad. However, Samsung denies the claim and countersued.
Samsung’s Galaxy touchscreen tablets are seen by many industry experts to be the main rival to the iPad, though they are currently a distant second to Apple’s devices.