Samsung Wins Temporary Stay in Galaxy Nexus Injunction

Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone is back on sale in the United States following a Court of Appeals ruling granting the company a temporary stay while awaiting a Federal Court ruling to decide whether or not the injunction should be in place during the company’s appeal. Apple won the injunction as part of its legal battle with Samsung over mobile device patent infringement claims.

Apple's Galaxy Nexus ban has been lifted... for now.Apple’s Galaxy Nexus ban has been lifted… for now.

“The temporary stay allows Samsung to minimize the disruption that the injunction causes,” said Florian Muller of Foss Patents. “Google had announced a software change to avoid further infringement, but it will likely take time to build new devices that come with non-infringing operating software.”

The two companies have been fighting in courts around the world over allegations that they are infringing on each other’s mobile device patents. Most recently, Apple was granted a temporary injunction blocking the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the United States, along with the Galaxy Nexus smartphone injunction that Samsung has, at least for the moment, managed to stop.

Apple has until July 12 to respond to the Court of Appeals ruling, after which the Court will decide whether or not the stay remains in effect during Samsung’s overall appeal process. Assuming the Court decides to lift the stay, the Galaxy Nexus will be pulled from store shelves yet again.