A US appeals court on Thursday overturned a preliminary injunction on the sale of Samsung‘s Galaxy Nexus smartphone, dealing a blow to Apple in its battle against Google’s increasingly popular mobile software.

Apple is waging war on several fronts against Google, whose Android software powers many of Samsung’s devices. A high-wattage trial in August, to determine whether Samsung’s products infringed Apple patents, ended with a sweeping victory for the iPhone manufacturer.

The US court of appeals for the federal circuit ruled that the district court in California had “abused its discretion in entering an injunction”. The appeals court has sent the case back to a lower California court for reconsideration.

The Nexus is an ageing product in Samsung’s line-up, with a plethora of new tablets and smartphones intended for launch before Christmas. But the overturning of the pre-trial ban is something of a slap across the face for Apple, because the patents in the Nexus case which involve software-enabled features such as click-to-zoom are directly related to features of Android, which powers the majority of the world’s smartphones.

On Wednesday, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt called the intensifying struggle between Apple and his company a “defining fight” for the future of the mobile industry.

“We’ve not seen competitive fights on this scale,” he said, in an interview with tech blog AllThingsDigital in New York.

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