We'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.