“A U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday that Apple Inc could press its bid for an immediate injunction to block the sale of some tablet computers made by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd based on allegations of infringement of one patent,” Diane Bartz reports for Reuters.

“The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said the judge in a district court in California had erred in deciding that Apple failed to show that it was likely to succeed on the merits and sent the case back to the district count for further review,” Bartz reports. “The patent involved in Monday’s ruling has to do with the design of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California had found that the design patent could well be challenged as ‘obvious,’, which means it should never have been granted. The appeals court disagreed.”

Bartz reports, “The appeals court also ruled that the lower court was right to deny Apple requested preliminary injunctions which would have stopped the sale of Samsung smartphones and tablets based on three other patents. These three patents include two that have to do with smartphone design and a third related to scrolling.”

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