U.S. Appeals Court deals ruling against Apple

Nexus vs. iPhone

A U.S. appeals court overturned a preliminary injunction on the sale of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone today, dealing a setback to Apple in its legal battle against Google’s increasingly popular mobile software.

In August, Apple scored a sweeping legal victory over Samsung when a U.S. jury found Samsung had copied critical features of the iPhone and awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages.

In this case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit was considering an injunction ordered before the trial began but which was quickly stayed. The appeals court reversed the injunction entirely on Thursday, saying that the "district court abused its discretion."

Apple failed to prove, the court said, that consumers purchased the Samsung product because of the infringing technology. The appeals court has sent the case back to a lower California court for reconsideration.

The Nexus is an aging product in Samsung's lineup, with a collection of new tablets and smartphones intended for launch before the holidays. On Wednesday, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt called the intensifying struggle between Apple and his company a "defining fight" for the future of the mobile industry.


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