A Federal Appeals court in the U.S. overturned the ban imposed in June against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. In June, Apple, Inc. had won a court ruling that took the Nexus off store shelves saying it infringed on Apple’s patented technologies.
The appeals court however, on Thursday ruled that the U.S. District Court in California had made an abuse of discretion when entering an injunction and made the ruling that Nexus could now appear for sale again across the U.S.
In its findings, the court said Apple did not provide the necessary evidence proving the court should have issued an injunction. The court pointed out an Apple patent in its ruling. The court in June ruled that the patent had been infringed upon by the South Korean electronics maker, which covers the QSB or Quick Search Box in devices made by Apple. The ruling by the court in June said the infringement was enough for the court to justify banning sales of the Nexus.
However, the Appeals Court reversed that ban stating that the technology predated the devices by Samsung and that it was the Android OS by Google and Google was not part of the lawsuit. The court further ruled that QSB was a feature of Android an open source software platform that had been developed by Google. Android, said the court can be used by any software designer to make applications for mobile devices and manufacturers on any of their devices can install the Android.
Last week, Apple also lost, as another court lifted a court injunction that had banned the sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 because it allegedly copied the Apple iPad.