Apple stops Samsung launching the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Down Under

Apple stops Samsung launching the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Down UnderWe've been seeing a hell of a lot of patent disputes recently, but so far they've mercifully been conducted at the corporate and legal level, and haven't affected the man on the street.

Until now, that is. Apple has successfully forced Samsung to hold off launching its latest Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Australia until a patent lawsuit in the country is resolved.

Apple reckons the latest Galaxy Tab infringes on 10 different Apple-held patents, and is seeking an injunction to stop Samsung from selling it not only in Australia, but in other countries too – though it isn't specifying exactly where at this stage.

The agreement to hold off selling the tablet for now was reached during a break in the patent infringement hearing in Sydney. Should Apple lose the lawsuit, it has reportedly agreed to pay Samsung an unspecified amount in damages.

The Australian legal battle between the two consumer technology giants is the latest front in a dispute that has already been staged in South Korea, Japan, the US and Germany this year.

The status of the case is set to be reviewed at the end of the month, at which point a trial date will be set if necessary.

Via Bloomberg

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 2, 2011 at 11:14

Ridonkulous. I can buy it here in Ireland and post it to OZ...

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 2, 2011 at 11:30

I really wish Apple would stop this pathetic crusade against anyone and anything that's even a slight rival to any of their products. I'd personally rather have a Galaxy Tab 10.1 over an iPad 2 any day. If I couldn't get my hands on an Android tablet, I'd stick to my laptop. No way would I be bullied by Apple's pathetic patent crusade into getting an iPad....rant over :p

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 2, 2011 at 11:36

right on, matt ;)

blizzard7  Aug. 2, 2011 at 11:37

Sorry, I'm with Google on this one. All these patent wars are holding back competition which in turn is holding back innovation. I know the Galaxy Tab isn't exactly innovative but its very low to have to ban products rather than compete fairly on sales.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 3, 2011 at 10:21

Ahh my rant felt good :P. But, seriously, it's a joke, Apple are like the spoilt child of the technology world. Though reading the news today, Samsung well and truly screwed Apple over with a new "Australia" version of through Tab 10.1, go Samsung ;)!


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