CAFC Grants Samsung Galaxy Nexus a Stay Pending Appeal

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a continuation for a temporary stay on Apple’s injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus last Monday. CAFC’s ruling orders the Android mobile phone to remain on sale until an appeal is heard on August.

This means that the sales of Samsung headset can resume until Apple responds to the Federal Appeals Court motion on July 12. However, CAFC denied Samsung’s request for the immediate stay of Apple’s injunction against its Galaxy Tab 10.1 earlier this July.

Apple vs. Samsung Injunctions

Late last month, the Cupertino-based company won a temporary injunction after successfully leveraging a unified search patent against Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus. Reuter’s Dan Levine reported that California Judge Lucy Koh granted Apple an injunction against the Android mobile phone. The ruling that came on the heels of the iPhone maker’s preliminary injunction against the Galaxy phone was granted after Apple posted a $96 million worth of bond.

In relation to this, Apple also won a preliminary injunction against all sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. The ruling came following the company’s request to block sales of the South Korean iPad competitor. Judge Koh also added:

Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have the right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products.

Samsung’s Appeals Against Apple’s Injunctions

On the other hand, the South Korean company filed for a stay, which was granted by the CAFC this month. In addition, the Court of Appeals granted Samsung’s request to expedite an appeal of the temporary injunction ruling.

As for its Galaxy Tab 10.1, the company failed to have the injunction against the Android tablet to be put on hold while it appeals the ban.

It is unknown how long the hold for the Galaxy Nexus would remain in place. However, the ruling confirms that Samsung is allowed to continue sales of the Android device “pending an appeal hearing set for August 20.”

Working Closely with Google for Defense

The sales ban for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a heavy blow to the company, as it is its flagship device for the Ice Cream Sandwich. Some industry sources even speculated that the company could lose as much as $60 million from the Galaxy Tab injunction and $120 million for the Galaxy Nexus ban.

Although the company is in a dire situation, Samsung announced that it is “working closely” with Google to defend itself.

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