A US appeals court rejected Friday a bid by South Korea's Samsung to overturn a ban on US sales of Galaxy tablet computers in a court battle with Apple.
The appeals court left intact the injunction from California-based US District Court Judge Lucy Koh in a victory for Apple, which claimed the Galaxy design infringed on Apple's iPad.
The court panel in Washington ordered Apple to respond by July 12, while denying a Samsung request to stay, or halt the injunction.
Last week's injunction blocked Galaxy 10-inch tablet sales until the patent case is resolved.
Friday's development marked a fresh victory for Apple in its long patent fight with Samsung in US and foreign courts.
The same district court judge in June barred the sale of Samsung's new Galaxy Nexus phones marketed by Google.
Both Galaxy devices are powered by Android operating software that Google makes available for free to gadget makers. Nexus is the Mountain View, California-based technology company's own branded line.