Just when it looked as if Samsung had been pushed to the wall in U.S. courts by Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), it was buoyed by two pieces of good news. The first is that a federal appeals court reversed a decision which would have blocked sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Apple had argued, with success at the district court level, that because of Samsung's violation of several of its patents, the South Korean firm should not be allowed to sell the smartphone in the America

The Mercury News reports:

The U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, a Washington, D.C.-based court that  hears patent appeals, found that U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh had no legal basis  to issue a preliminary injunction earlier this year against the Nexus   smartphone. The decision allows Samsung to continue to sell the product while  the patent battle with Apple continues.

In addition, Samsung is about to release a mini version of its wildly popular Galaxy S III. The Galaxy S III is the only realistic competitor to the Apple iPhone 5.

USA Today reports:

The Galaxy S III mini features a 4-inch touchscreen and runs on the latest version of Google's Android mobile operating system. The company did not release  details on pricing or availability.

Douglas A. McIntyre

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