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U.S. appeals court reverses sales ban on Samsung smartphone

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WASHINGTON, Oct 11 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals courtoverturned a preliminary injunction banning the sale of SamsungElectronics Co Ltd's Galaxy Nexus smartphone onThursday, sending the case back to a California court forreconsideration.

Apple had filed a lawsuit in February accusing Samsung ofinfringing eight patents, and had asked a California court toban the sale of smartphones it said infringed on its patents.The lower court agreed.

But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, whichhad previously put a stay on the injunction, ruled that thedistrict court in California "abused its discretion in enteringan injunction."

(Reporting By Diane Bartz; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

((Diane.Bartz@thomsonreuters.com)(1 202 898 8313))

Keywords: APPLE SAMSUNG/PATENT