Apple Inc. (AAPL) Loses Appeal for Samsung Sales Ban

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) isn’t due to go to trial against Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. in a patent battle regarding the Galaxy Nexus smartphone until next March, but it tried to be proactive in its pursuit of imposing a sales ban against the device. But just breaking Thursday, the full Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington shot down a request to hear the company’s appeal of an earlier ruling in October by a three-judge panel of the court, which ruled unanimously against Cupertino previously.

In the initial order by the panel, the bar was raised significantly to impose a major sales ban due to possible or confirmed infringement of patents. But the full court of nine judges submitted a denial of the appeal request with no elaboration on the reasoning – which is to presume that a majority of the full panel would have affirmed the earlier decision. This means that Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone will stay on the shelves in competition with  Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) for at least the next year or more.

Should this Concern Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Google Inc (GOOG)?This case began in February, when Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) filed suit against Samsung for patent infringement by the Galaxy Nexus – which is separate from the Apple judgment victory over Samsung last summer. While filing suit over the Nexus, Apple requested a U.S. sales ban on the device, and Judge Lucy Koh granted the temporary injunction in June, but Samsung’s appeal to a district court in California was rebuffed, extending the sales ban until a final verdict was reached in the case.

However, in October, the three-judge panel of the federal appeals court threw out the ban, saying that Judge Koh had an “abuse of discretion” in handling the ban, and the full appeals court is standing with the panel. There is no word as of yet whether Apple Inc. (NSDAQ:AAPL) will pursue another legal step.

Would you agree with this decision? What would Aple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) do next? Does this matter in the big picture? We’d like your thoughts in the comments section below.

DISCLOSURE: I own no positions in any stock mentioned.

Please see these related AAPL articles:

Apple to Launch Thinner, Lighter iPad

Warren Buffett to Buy Apple Stock?

One Challenge for Apple This Year

Comments
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy

Insider Monkey beat the market by 52 percentage points in 24 months. Our beta is only 1.2 (don't click this link if beating the market isn't important to you).

Lists

The 10 Most Expensive iPhone Apps

The 9 Most Expensive Designer Shoes in the World

The 10 Most Expensive Cigarette Brands

The 10 Most Expensive Law Schools in the US

The 10 Best Wall Street Movies

The 10 Most Expensive Golf Clubs Ever Sold

The 10 Most Expensive Golf Memberships

The 10 Best Disney Characters Ever Created

The 8 Best Foods for Gaining Weight

The 10 Most Expensive Colleges in the World

The 7 Most Memorable Ad Campaigns of All Time

The 7 Most Expensive High Schools in the World

The 10 Electric Vehicles with the Longest Range

The 10 Cities with the Worst Drivers in the World

The 10 Most Expensive Dresses Ever Created

10 Islands to Visit Before You Die

10 Famous Celebrities Who Needed Rehab

The 15 Countries with the Largest Oil Reserves

The 10 Most Overused Excuses in the World

The 5 Best iOS Apps You Can’t Get on Android

5 Companies Damaged By Social Media Blunders

The 10 Most Legendary Blues Songs

The 10 Most Lawless Places in the World

4 Reasons China is a Threat to the US

The 17 Most Sugary Drinks in the World

The 10 Most Ruthless Rulers in History

The 10 Greatest Generals in History

Top 8 Travel Destinations for 2015

The 10 Safest Dog Breeds for Children

The 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in the US

The 7 Most Expensive Celebrity Weddings

The 10 Best LoL Teams in the World

Top 10 Worst Marketing Campaigns Ever Produced

Top 5 Diets that Help You Lose Weight

The 10 Best Ways to Stay Awake

7 Artists That Switched Musical Genres

The 10 Most Expensive Cities to Live in New Jersey

The 10 Best High Schools in New York

The 10 Countries With the Least Gender Inequality

The 6 Biggest Musician-Manager Feuds

The 10 Countries with the Cheapest Gas Prices

The 7 Most Theatrical Bands of All Time

The 8 Worst Band Breakups of All Time

The 10 Most Important South American Leaders

The 7 Most Successful Casting Show Winners

The 10 Most Peaceful Countries in the World

5 Big Reasons Communism Failed

The 15 Most Famous Carl Icahn Quotes

10 Scary Animals that are Actually Harmless

The 8 Most Famous Singer-Actors in Entertainment

Subscribe

Enter your email:

Delivered by FeedBurner

X

Thanks! An email with instructions is sent to !

Your email already exists in our database. Click here to go to your subscriptions

Insider Monkey returned 47.6% in its first year! Wondering How?

Download a complete edition of our newsletter for free!