The federal lawsuit between Apple and Samsung is set to begin in about two years’ time, which means that the preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Nexus might have to last for the duration.
Fortunately for Samsung, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided to allow it to appeal the ban sooner.
The company will have to file its court brief until July 16, 2012. That's Monday, two days from the time of this article's writing.
FOSS Patent's Florian Mueller believes
that a decision regarding the matter will be taken by Friday, July 20, or maybe early next week if things go really slowly.
Apple didn't suffer a complete setback though. Its sur-reply to the motion will still be considered.
“Samsung, in its reply brief, has not disputed that immediate enforcement of the injunction would result in no irreparable harm to Samsung. In the absence of such harm to the moving party, there is no conceivable basis for issuing a stay of the injunction,” the filing says, among other things. “Samsung's motion to stay the preliminary injunction should be denied.”