The US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a lower court should reconsider a sales ban that Apple had won against South Korean firm Samsung for banning the sale of Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet.
The court granted power to US District Judge Lucy Koh to rule on a sales ban she imposed on the tablet.
The court found that the South Korean firm did not violate the patent that was the basis for the tablet injunction.
Koh also said she would not reconsider the injunction against sales ban as Samsung has already appealed in the case.
Earlier this month, a judge at the US District Court in California had refused to lift a ban on sales of Samsung’s Galaxy tablet 10.1 in the country following its long-running global legal battle with rival Apple over patent infringements.
In June this year, Apple had won a preliminary sales injunction from a US court to stop Samsung Electronics from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the country.
In July 2102, Samsung had won a case in the UK with a High Court judge ruling that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 devices do not infringe on Apple’s iPad designs.
Apple had won about $1.05bn in a patent suit, claimed to be one of the biggest patent cases in decades, against Samsung in August 2012.
Samsung also has court battles against Apple which are set to commence in Germany, France and Italy in the following months.
Samsung and Apple together own 55% of global smartphone market shipments in the first quarter of 2012 and shared 90% of the profits in this segment, according to ABI Research.