Currently, Apple and Google are undergoing patent battles in court all over. Google’s Android software powers many of Samsung’s latest and upcoming devices.
The ruling was given by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, who said that Lucy Koh, District Judge abused her discretion. The court ruled that Apple failed to prove that consumers bought the Samsung device because of the infringing technology. Nexus is an old device in Samsung’s lineup of smartphones and therefore, the ruling is not expected to have any impact on the smartphone market.
However, the court’s reasoning for this decision could make it difficult for rival companies suing each other over patents, pull down competitors’ products from the market.
On being asked to comment, Apple declined and Samsung did not immediately respond.
Recently, in August, Apple won $1.05 billion in damages from a legal victory over Samsung.
This trial over the ban of Nexus phone was filed by Apple against Samsung earlier this year. Lucy Koh, District Judge issued a pretrial ban against the Nexus in June. The appeals court then stayed that order until it could formally rule.
The court considered a single patent- one that lets the smartphone search multiple data storage locations at once. The case has been sent back to Koh for reconsideration by the appeals court.
Beyond the Nexus, Samsung also lined up a cast collection of new tablets and smartphones intended for launch before the holidays.
The case in the Federal Circuit is Apple Inc vs. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd et al., 12-1507.
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