Samsung ceases sales of Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia
The legal feud between Samsung and Apple are heating up as the American computer corporation strikes a significant victory today.
According to a Bloomberg report, Apple has successfully inhibited Samsung from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Australia until related patent disputes are resolved. Exactly how long this will take is unknown, so the Samsung tablet could be off Australian store shelves for months at a time if a resolution is not met. The Federal Court Justice of Sydney has reportedly scheduled a hearing for August 29th to set a trial date for the lawsuit.
While the cease in sales is a hit to Samsung, Apple has agreed to pay any damages caused by the lost in sales, but only if the court ultimately favors Samsung in the dispute.
Ever since early April, Apple lawyers have been accusing Samsung for supposedly ripping off the iOS platform in terms of design, features and even looks. Indeed, it’s hard to deny the similarities between Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz interface and Apple’s own mobile operating system. Samsung, however, most definitely won’t be going down without a fight, as the South Korean conglomerate has countersued Apple with various lawsuits in multiple countries as well.
Apple’s aggressiveness with lawsuits has been frowned upon by HTC, who they themselves have been sued in the past by Apple for the similar reasons.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is Samsung’s latest iteration in its lineup of consumer tablets. The 10.1-inch device sports Android Honeycomb, a 1280x800 resolution screen, the Tegra 2 APU and 1GB of RAM. While the tablet has been available in the U.S. since June and in select European countries since July, the device has yet to launch in Australia.