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
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
However, Samsung yesterday said it had re-engineered these phones to sidestep the
“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.