The U.S. Court of Appeals recently approved an extended stay on Apple's injunction against sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the United States. The ruling was first reported by AllTihngsD, which said the stay is expected to last until August 20th. Apple was granted a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Nexus on June 29th, although the court issued a temporary stay on the injunction a few days later on July 6.

The two firms will meet in court today for the start of a trial that will determine whether or not Samsung has created "copy cat" versions of Apple's products. The outcome of the trial could result in an extended injunction against Samsung's products, although we would argue that could severely hurt competition in the U.S. smartphone market, in which Apple and Samsung are the biggest contenders.

The South Korea-based phone maker recently released its Galaxy S III flagship, which is already a runaway success, and Apple's iPhone 5 is expected to make its debut on September 12th.

As AllThingsD points out, the Galaxy Nexus no longer has the appeal that it once held. It's outclassed by other smartphones, such as the HTC One X and the Galaxy S III, and it's available for free from Best Buy. Still, the unlocked version remains the only device on the market that has an official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean build.

[via AllThingsD]