Folks at Samsung Electronics can now heave a sigh of relief as the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a ruling that effectively delays the U.S. ban on the Galaxy Nexus smartphone. Elaborating on the decision, patent blogger Florian Mueller of Foss Patents added that it “was moderately favourable to Samsung”. Elaborating on the decision,a post on Foss Patent reads, “Today's order doesn't indicate when the abeyance period for the motion to stay may end. Basically, the court can decide to adjudicate the motion whenever it believes it has obtained enough information and has had enough time to think about it. The court might make a decision after the briefing process, or after the hearing.”
Galaxy Nexus S: Ban delayed!
Early in July this year, there were reports about a U.S. appeals court lifting the ban on the sales of the Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Nexus smartphones. The report elaborated further that the U.S. Court of Appeals, located in Washington DC, decided to lift the sales ban on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphones, which was put into effect by California-based U.S. District Court Judge, Lucy Koh. This temporary “stay” on the ban, according to reports, was to continue till Apple puts forth its arguments, for which the court had given the Cupertino company time till July 12.
The Apple versus Samsung patent feud continues to make headlines, despite being on for over a year. Those closely following the chronology of events pertaining to the lawsuit would know that the one-time friends have been at loggerheads over a host of unresolved patents. Earlier reports revealed that the U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, rejected Apple's attempts to seek a ban on some Samsung smartphones and the Galaxy 10.1 tablet. Later, the judge was asked by the appeals court to “reconsider Apple's request regarding the tablet”. When Apple sought a ban again, the judge denied it on procedural grounds stating that the appeals court “must formally cede jurisdiction back to her before she could consider it.” It is only when this happens that Apple will be able to file for a ban request with the U.S court.