Sorry, Australians. If you guys were looking forward to buying the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, you’re out of luck. Samsung will not be able to sell the new version of its tablet until Apple’s patent lawsuit against the South Korean company is resolved in Australia.
According to the lawsuit, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringes on 10 of Apple’s patents. Apple lawyers were in Sydney yesterday to file an injunction with Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett.
This dispute first began in April, when Apple filed a suit against Samsung in the United States, for gross imitation of Apple design and technology used in the iPhone and the iPad. Soon after, Samsung filed lawsuits in South Korea, Japan, Germany, and the U.S., and the two companies have been battling ever since.
Samsung and Apple attorneys reached an agreement during a break in the Australian hearing, and Samsung agreed to stop all advertising of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, and not to sell the tablet until the lawsuit is resolved. If Apple loses the lawsuit, Samsung will receive damages in an unspecified amount.
With the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 scheduled for release any day now, this Australian injunction is unlikely to be the last that we see. Apple is actively working to stop Samsung from selling the device in other countries as well.