Galaxy Nexus Sales No Longer Banned, to Apple’s Dismay – iPA B

Purveyors of aging technology can rejoice as the U.S. preliminary injunction to ban state-side sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has been reversed. The Nexus is still currently Google’s flagship smartphone, retaining the title since the time that the injunction had been granted, although the court had found that the reasoning behind the initial ban was not strong enough to withstand another major Samsung blow.

A federal appeals court has reached a consensus that the district court had “abused its discretion” in its ruling, stating that “Apple has 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.”

Predictably, a statement issued by Samsung echoes its satisfaction with the overturn – “We welcome this reversal by the Federal Circuit, finding that the District Court abused its discretion in ordering a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Nexus. Today’s decision confirms that the role of patent law is to protect innovation and not to unreasonably stifle competition and restrict consumer choice. We will continue to take all appropriate measures to ensure the availability of our innovative products.

Editor’s (poetic) take: Rulings will only get slipperier for both companies as they continue to skid down the icy paths of court.

[via AllThingsD]

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