Apple threatens Australian retailers against selling the Galaxy Tab
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Although Apple was successful in putting a ban over the sale of the Samsung Galaxy tabs in Australia but online sellers are still selling the tablet. Apple won the injunction earlier this month in Australia which prevents the sale of the Samsung Galaxy10.1 tablets which has proved to be the key rival for the Apple’s iPad.
This injunction has prevented the sale of the tablet by the local retailers however several online sellers have been ignoring the injunction. Now, Apple has started to threaten these retailers of taking legal action. Till now they have threatened MobiCity.com.au and dMavo.com.au with threatening legal letters.
The retailers are looking to restructure the company to ensure Australian court could not be used to prevent the company from selling the tablets to Australian as commented by a spokesman for the dMavo. He also added that they are not going to respond to this letter as won’t give any ammo if the matter latter proceed to court, rather they would spend more time evaluating the best restructures option so that they can keep on selling these tablets to the Australian public.
According to patent law experts, an injunction against the product prevents only Samsung Australia from selling it. It will be easy for Apple to obtain further injunctions against individual sellers though. However they even pointed out that as most of the sellers headquarters are situated in Hong Kong, it is unclear whether the Australian court would have any jurisdiction over them.
Even Samsung has been granted an expedited hearing by the Federal Court in Sydney, which might bring a hope for them to overturn the ban before the pre-Christmas shopping seasons.