Appeals court said California court 'abused its discretion'
The US Court of Appeals has overturned a ban on sales of South Korean company Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Nexus phone, sending the case back to the district court in California for reconsideration.
The Appeals court said that the California court, which had issued the ban in June this year, had abused its discretion in entering an injunction.
Samsung said: "Today's decision confirms that the role of patent law is to protect innovation and not to unreasonably stifle competition and restrict consumer choice."
"We will continue to take all appropriate measures to ensure the availability of our innovative products," Samsung said.
The two companies are involved in a legal battle over patent infringement claims.
Earlier this month, a US court lifted a temporary sales ban against Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet won by Apple.
In August 2012, Apple had won a patent lawsuit against Samsung, which is claimed to be one of the biggest patent cases in decades, and has also been awarded $1.05bn in damages.
Samsung is seeking a retrial of a recent patent dispute case with Apple, alleging that Apple's $1.05bn victory was untruthful and biased.
Recently, Samsung claimed that Apple's new iPhone 5 infringes eight of its patents associated with implementation of LTE technology.