In what could be seen as a surprise move the ban on the sales of Google’s flagship Galaxy Nexus handset has been overturned by the appeals court.
No reason has been given for the overturning however Apple have until Thursday to appeal. The full trial is due to be heard on 30th July.
It has already been stated that Google and Samsung are working together to release a patch in order to avoid the ban.
A statement from Apple prior to the original hearing said: “This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we’ve said many times before, we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas”, Apple had also claimed that since it had not licensed its innovation to Samsung, the Nexus should be removed from sale.
Speaking to the BBC, Florian Mueller a patent expert who currently is employed by Microsoft said “Samsung can now sell its Nexus phones again, but may find that the ban is reintroduced within days, effectively killing most of its market potential in the US, but the bigger issue here is that other handsets – including Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S3 – also offer the same disputed feature and Apple may aggressively enforce this patent against these devices as well, depending on the court’s upcoming decision.
“Google may release an updated version of Android that removes the unified search technology but that would be a depredation of the user-experience meaning that the search results it gives are less useful.”