Samsung Considering Abandoning Tablets in Australia Amid Patent Battle

Here’s the latest in the Apple vs. Samsung drama: Samsung says that if it can’t get the judge to revoke the Australian ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the next two weeks, that it will not be launching the tablet in Australia. Meaning you Australians may be out of luck if you were hoping to get your paws on one of the new Galaxy Tabs.

Samsung is considering this decision because according to Neil Young, one of Samsung’s lawyers, missing the Christmas season would render the tablet “dead.”

This is an argument that Young used when speaking to Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett, who has been handling the dispute.

Samsung and Apple have been arguing over Australia for months now, after Apple was able to delay the release of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 by asking for a temporary judicial ban on sales until there was a trial, but Samsung can’t enter into a trial until next year because the company needs to prepare evidence.

The company agreed to a faster trial on the patent claim if Apple would drop its request for a ban on the tablet, but Apple refused. Samsung currently needs the court’s approval to begin selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, but the judge has yet to reach a final verdict on the matter. Until a verdict is decided, Samsung is not allowed to sell the tablets. This plea with Justice Bennett is an attempt to get her to make a decision within the next two weeks so Samsung can prepare for the holidays.

Apple and Samsung are still embroiled in lawsuits across the globe, with both companies claiming patent infringement. The lawsuits first began in April, with Apple claiming gross theft of their iPhone and iPad designs by Samsung. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is banned in Germany, a decision which is being appealed by Samsung. The two companies are still waiting for the U.S. trial to begin.

[via Bloomberg]

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