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Federal Circuit reverses injunction against Samsung phone in Apple patent case

Court rules that Apple failed to prove the infringing technology was reason for purchase

Apple Inc. may have defeated Samsung Electronics Co. in a much-publicized patent case in August, but there are still little battles being waged in Apple’s all-out war against Google Inc.’s mobile operating system, Android. And Apple just suffered a bit of a setback.

The Federal Circuit overturned a pretrial sales ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone on Thursday. Since the Nexus is one of Samsung’s older products, the ruling isn’t expected to affect the smartphone market too much, but Thomson Reuters reports that the court’s reasoning might create barriers for other companies embroiled in patent litigation that try to get their rivals’ products banned from sale.

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