Samsung-Apple Wars: Galaxy blocked Down Under
Another shot fired in the mobile patent wars
Apple's copycat tablet war with Samsung has found a new theatre, it is hitting the Australian courts.
Apple is seeking an injunction against Samsung which would block the Korean electronics giant from launching the latest version of its Galaxy tablet computer in Australia until the patent lawsuit is resolved.
On Monday, a Federal Court in Sydney heard Apple lawyer Steven Burley claim that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 had infringed 10 Apple patents, including the "look and feel" and touchscreen technology of the iPad.
In an agreement reached during a break in the hearing, Samsung agreed to stop advertising the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia and not to sell the device until it wins court approval or the lawsuit is resolved.
Bloomberg reports that Apple also agreed to pay Samsung damages in the event that it loses its patent infringement lawsuit.
Burley argued that the Australian injunction was required as Samsung has been publicly flagging the imminent launch of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 since 20 July.
Samsung's lawyer Neil Murray said that Samsung agreed to offer Apple with three samples of the Australian version of the computer tablet at least seven days before its planned launch, in a bid to allow Apple to review it, according to the agreement submitted in court.
The tense situation between the companies erupted in April when Apple sued Samsung in the US, claiming the Galaxy products were slavish imitations of the iPad and iPhone design and technology. In April Apple filed 16 claims against Samsung, including unjust enrichment, trademark infringement and 10 patent claims.
Samsung, which supplies memory chips for Apple, shot back with lawsuits in South Korea, Japan, Germany and the US.
The next scheduled hearing is set for 29 August, when the court will review the status of the case and set a trial date if necessary. ®
It is obvious from Apple's reaction to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 that it considers it a serious competitor to the iPad. I just hope (i) the courts will see Apple's claim for what it is, and (b) not give them any leave to appeal.
FFS Apple, just give the consumer what it wants instead of trying to stop them getting it.
Hang on a minute...
Samsung infringed the touchscreen technology of the iFad ?
Isn't it Samsung that MAKES the fecking display units for those things?
I so hope Google (IBM patents) and HTC (S3 patents) give crapple a sturdy kick in the See You Next Tuesday, they're (crapple) surely the most poisonous and counter-innovative company on the face of the earth at the moment.
Thoroughly sick of hearing about them pursuing their new legal business model now they've run out of other people's ideas (3G, cameras, GPS, etc) to stick in their mobile widgets and make like they invented them.
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You downvote because you secretly know it to be true, iTards.
Right about where the caps start is a clue
" including the "look and feel" and TOUCHSCREEN TECHNOLOGY of the iPad"
As a Galaxy S2 owner
I have had die hard fanbois commenting on how good it is, clearly the Samsung tab is also good enough to invoke the iWrath(tm) of Jobs.
That in itself is reason enough to buy it its clearly endorsed by his iSteve(tm)