Apple’s request to ban sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone was denied on Thursday by a U.S. appeals court.
The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., revisited its earlier October decision and rejected Apple’s request, according toReuters. With the rejection, a trial between Samsung and Apple remains on track to begin in March of 2014.
Apple had originally won a ban on the Galaxy nexus, but the decision was reversed by the appeals court last October. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled last year that the California court that had approved the original ban had “abused its discretion.”
“At best, the district court’s findings indicate that some consumers who buy the iPhone 4S like Siri because, among other things, its search results are comprehensive,” the appeals court said last fall. “That does not sufficiently suggest, however, that consumers would buy the Galaxy Nexus because of its improved comprehensiveness in search.”
Apple’s final move, if it decides to continue to try and block the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, would be to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.