According to Reuters, Apple loses bid for a sales ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus. A U.S. Appeals Court Thursday denied Apple’s request to ban sales of the Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone, the case is schedule to go to trial in March 2014..
The panel rejected Apple’s request to impose a sales ban on Samsung’s Nexus smartphone ahead of a trial set for March 2014.
Judge Lucy Koh had granted Apple a sales ban last February based on the U.S Patent No. 8,086,604. This patent relates to Siri and unified search functionality. This decision was later overturned by the same appeals court in October. Subsequently, Apple had asked the full Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., to revisit a decision in October.
“In its October ruling against Apple, the appeals court raised the bar for potentially market-crippling injunctions on product sales based on narrow patents for phone features,” Dan Levine. “The legal precedent puts Samsung in a much stronger position by allowing its products to remain on store shelves while it fights a global patent battle against Apple over smartphone technology.”
Levine noted that, “Apple could still appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. However, the high court has made it more difficult for patent plaintiffs to secure sales injunctions in recent years.”
It looks like Steve Jobs “thermonuclear war on Android” is not working out as expected.