Here’s another revelation in the ongoing Apple vs Samsung patent war; Apple has successfully won an injunction which will prevent Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 being sold in Australia for the foreseeable future.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that a judge has recently awarded Apple the injunction, which means Samsung’s Android-based iPad 2 rival will be pulled from sale with near-immediate effect.
Samsung had been carefully planning a launch of the device down under, but knew of Apple’s plans to interfere.
The court has ruled that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringes on two patents that Apple currently holds, relating to its market-leading iPad tablet. One relates to touch screens and one to the touch gestures that can be used to control them.
The Korean company said that it would postpone the Australian launch until the injunction decision was made, and if the judge favoured Apple, the release would be scrapped altogether.
Both sound rather vague, but we’re sure there are specifics regarding both patents. Either way, if Samsung have infringed on these generic patents, who is to say that many other Android tablet manufacturers haven’t as well?
Samsung has issued a statement regarding the decision:
“Samsung will continue its legal proceeding against Apple’s claim in order to ensure our innovative products remain available to consumers,
This is a part of our ongoing legal proceeding against Apple’s claim. Samsung is also confident it can prove Apple’s violation of Samsung’s wireless technology patents through a cross-claim filed on September 16, 2011 with the Federal Court of Australia, New South Wales.”
Apple has previously obtained a sales injunction against Samsung and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany, which then caused a halt to sales of the device across Europe. Apple has also filed patent infringement suits against Samsung in Europe regarding several of Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones. Samsung is said to be making changes to the products in order to re-release them without stepping on Apple’s toes.