It’s Not Over Yet; Another Ban on Samsung Sales has Been Lifted

Will it ever end?! According to the US Court of Appeals, the answer to that is “no”.

The Court has just overturned the ban on sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone – and you can bet that Apple is cringing at the low blow.

According to the US Court of Appeals, the district court in California that just last June declared the ban had “abused its discretion in entering an injunction”. This is the second time in the recent months that Samsung has been granted a reprieve from this ongoing patent war. Just this month, the ban that was issued on sales of the company’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 was also reversed.

Samsung replied to the recent decree by stating that:

“it confirms that the role of patent law is to protect innovation and not to unreasonably shuffle competition and restrict consumer choice. We will continue to take all appropriate measures to ensure the availability of our innovative products”.

You may be wondering what kind of an affect all of this bickering has had on the overall smartphone market, especially since Apple and Samsung are head-to-head in the lead as the strongest runners in this race.

While Apple is a trail-blazer in the phone-manufacturing segment spawning such ingenious products as the iPhone and the latest seventh generation iPod nano, Samsung is just as strong a warrior. The Korean company has been most successful at snagging key global markets over the past several years. Needless to say, maintaining this esteem has been nothing short of a feat for Samsung in light of the tumultuous legal battle with Apple which has now spread like wild-fire across the globe.

Samsung will not back down, however, and never seems to shy from requesting a retrial. Because the phone sector is so huge and carries such incredible potential for growth, the combat is unlikely to die out between the contenders.

Says one analyst to the BBC, Lanoj Menon, managing director of Frost & Sullivan:

“The intensity of the competition is so high, that it is less about billions of dollars in fines but more about slowing the competition.”

Much to the surprise of many, Menon also stated the sentiment that Apple’s attack on Samsung over patent infringement may even be backfiring for the company by creating a launching pad for Samsung’s growing success.