Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) appeal to revive its attempt to ban U.S. sales of Samsung’s (SSNLF.PK) Galaxy Nexus smartphone has been denied. The appeal was related to a case that’s pending and goes to court in March 2014. However, Apple had asked the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. to take a second look at an earlier ruling that rejected its request for a sales ban.
Apple’s allegation against the Galaxy Nexus relates to its search function, which the former claims violates a patent for collecting information from various databases.
Apple wanted the full court, made of nine judges, to reverse the earlier findings made by a three-judge panel of the same court. In October, the panel had raised the bar for getting sales injunctions based on narrow patents.
A different court had also used the panel’s ruling to deny a separate injunction appeal from Apple. That came in the post-trail proceedings of Apple’s famous California win that resulted in Samsung being asked to pay $1.05 billion in damages.