Galaxy Nexus

The twisty turns of Apple and Samsung’s current legal battle are enough to give you whiplash. After U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh denied Samsung’s appeal to lift the sales ban on the Galaxy Nexus earlier this week, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit suspended the sales ban tonight, The Verge reports.

The suspension likely won’t last for long though, as it’s only valid until Apple has its say. The court will then have to decide whether the sales ban should stay in effect throughout the trial between Apple and Samsung, The Verge notes.

Judge Koh last Friday granted Apple a major win by calling for a temporary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The move wasn’t too surprising though, as Koh also called for a temporary injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet earlier last week. (The Galaxy Tab ban is still in effect.)

Apple posted a $95.6 million bond this week to enact the Nexus sales ban, on top of a $2.6 million bond for the Galaxy Tab. The bonds will protect Samsung in case the injunctions are later dismissed.

Come next week, none of this will really matter though. Google says it will have updated versions of the Galaxy Nexus available that won’t offend Apple’s unified search patents.

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