Samsung has been slapped with another temporary ban on selling its Galaxy line-up as Apple secures another legal victory, this time in Australia.
Earlier this year Samsung delayed the launch of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the land down under, fearing a patent lawsuit from the Cupertino company. And so its fears proved correct, as in the New South Wales Federal Court yesterday, Justice Annabelle Bennett slapped an interim injunction on Samsung selling the Android tablet in Oz.
The timing of this ban could have a serious affect on Samsung’s market position in Australia with the lucrative Christmas season just around the corner. Apple is claiming that Samsung has “slavishly copied” the design and look of the iPad.
The ban in Australia is just the latest in a long line of legal battles between the two companies dating back to April. In September Apple secured a ruling in a German court banning the sale of the Galaxy Tabs in almost all Europe countries.
This ban was later changed to just Germany, a ban which still stands today. Apple has also secured a ban on the sale of Samsung Galaxy S, S2 and Ace smartphones in the Netherlands. However, Samsung yesterday said it had re-engineered these phones to sidestep the ban.
"We've fixed the technological problem and upgraded products to address the issue. They will be shortly available for sale," a Samsung spokesman said.
In a bid to fight back, Samsung has said that it would be attempting to stop Apple from selling its iPhone 4S in France because of perceived infringements of 3G patents.
Samsung has also counter-sued Apple in the Australian court system and the pair also face court dates in South Korea and the US. With so many legal battles being fought all around the world, we hope that common sense pervails soon and that Apple and Samsung can come to some amicable agreement and let everyone buy whatever product they want, whenever in the world they are.