An appeals court has overturned a preliminary injunction previously won by Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) that banned U.S sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which had earlier ordered a stay on the injunction, ruled on Thursday that California district judge Lucy Koh’s court had “abused its discretion” by issuing the ban.
Koh had ruled in July that Samsung be prohibited from selling or importing the Galaxy Nexus smartphone into the U.S. to prevent “irreparable harm” to Apple. Judge Koh accepted Apple’s argument stemming from a patent related to Siri voice commands and unified search functionality.
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But according to AllThingsD, the appeals court ruled that Apple had “presented no evidence that directly ties consumer demand for the Galaxy Nexus to its allegedly infringing feature. … the causal link between the alleged infringement and consumer demand for the Galaxy Nexus is too tenuous to support a finding of irreparable harm.”
Apple had first filed this lawsuit in February and was granted bans on several of Samsung’s Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android products, including the Nexus, in June. Samsung appealed the ruling on July 1, but Apple filed a $95.6 million bond and the Korean company’s request to temporary lift the ban was denied. Samsung eventually took the case to the appeals court, which ruled on Thursday.
This suit is not related to the one Samsung lost in August and won’t affect injunctions against other products of the Korean company.