Apple has had an application for a permanent ban on Samsung devices in America turned down.
The iPhone and iPad maker won a $1 billion courtroom victory over its South Korean rival in August, in which a judge found that Samsung had violated several of its patents.
But as is typical in giant lawsuits of this kind that judgement wasn't the end - far from it.
The latest twist has seen Apple
"There is no suggestion that Samsung will wipe out Apple's customer base or force Apple out of the business of making smartphones," she said. "The present case involves lost sales -- not a lost ability to be a viable market participant."
As a result, the total sales ban will likely not come into force - though as before this isn't the end of the story.
Meanwhile the judge also turned down a request by Samsung for a new trial due to alleged misconduct by the jury.