Back in June, a U.S. court judge granted Apple a preliminary injunction banning the U.S. sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Google’s flagship device for Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”.
Samsung appeal to put the injunction on hold until the full trial was also rejected by a U.S. District Court judge Lucy Koh in July. She ruled on the grounds that Apple would suffer “irreparable harm” if a ban wasn’t put in place..
Samsung has just got a reprieve from a federal appeals court, as it has reversed the ban and ruled that the district court had “abused its discretion” by issuing an injunction in the first place.
“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.”
The court did not rule on whether Samsung had infringed on Apple’s patents. It will be decided by a different court after 17 months, when the second Apple vs Samsung trial is scheduled to begin. So until then Samsung shouldn’t have a problem importing Galaxy Nexus in the U.S., nor does it have to need to roll out a software workaround that voids infringing the Apple patent that led to the injunction.