-- A federal appeals court revived Apple's bid to block U.S. sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab tablet computer.
-- But the court rejected other Apple legal claims that sought to bar sales of Samsung smartphones.
-- The parties have agreed to enter settlement talks.
(Adds Samsung's comment in the seventh paragraph.)
By Brent Kendall
Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES
WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- In a mixed ruling, a federal appeals court on Monday revived Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) bid to block U.S. sales of Samsung Electronics Co.'s (005930.SE, SSNHY) Galaxy Tab tablet computer, but rejected other Apple legal claims that sought to bar sales of Samsung smartphones.
Apple argues Samsung's products copy its patented designs for the iPhone and iPad. The companies are locked in several patent disputes around the globe.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled a California trial judge was too quick to deny Apple's request to temporarily block the sales of Samsung tablets while Apple's patent-infringement claims against its rival proceed in court.
A three-judge appeals-court panel ruled the California judge was incorrect in thinking that one Apple patent related to the iPad may be invalid. The court said the Cupertino, Calif., company would suffer "irreparable harm" from the sales of Samsung's allegedly infringing tablets, and it ordered the trial judge to consider again Apple's arguments that sales of the Samsung tablets should be blocked while the legal case proceeds.
One judge, in dissent, said the appeals court should have gone further and ordered that sales of the Galaxy Tab be blocked now.
The appeals court sided with Samsung in several other portions of its 34-page ruling. It affirmed the trial judge's decision to deny other Apple requests, based on three different patents, to block U.S. sales of Samsung smartphones.
Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Samsung said in a statement that it will "take all legal steps needed to prove that Apple's claims have no solid foundations."
The case centers on an April 2011 lawsuit filed by Apple in a San Jose, Calif., federal court. The parties have agreed to enter settlement talks.
Monday's appeals court ruling came in Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., 2012-1105.
-By Brent Kendall, Dow Jones Newswires; 202-862-9222; firstname.lastname@example.org
--In-Soo Nam in Seoul contributed to this article.
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May 14, 2012 22:27 ET (02:27 GMT)
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