“Samsung got a much-needed break from the courts today, as an appellate court overturned a sales ban on its Galaxy Nexus phone,” Lance Whitney reports for CNET.

“Today’s ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that the district court in California “abused its discretion” in imposing a preliminary injunction on Galaxy Nexus sales,” Whitney reports. “The appeals court decision means that the case will go back to the court in California to be reheard, according to Reuters.”

Whitney reports, “The appeals court found several flaws in Apple’s arguments for a Nexus ban. In one example, Apple claimed that the Quick Search Box used on the Nexus infringes one of its patents. But this search box is a feature of Android, not something specific to the Nexus. ‘The release of the allegedly infringing version of the Android platform predates the release of the Galaxy Nexus, but Google is not a defendant in this suit,’ the appeals court said.”

MacDailyNews Take: Mike stole Joe’s car. Mike gave the stolen car to Fred. Fred knew the car was stolen, but he fenced it anyway and pocketed the profits. Fred gave Mike a “finder’s fee” and gladly planned to continue doing “business” with him. The appeals court released Fred because they said he did not steal the car.

Whitney reports, “This patent suit is unrelated to the one that Samsung lost in August, and doesn’t affect injunctions against other Samsung products.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: </strongApple's products came first, then Samsung's:

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Here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Fred Mertz" for the heads up.]