Apple wins Samsung Galaxy tablet ban in Australia

Summary:An Australian court has temporarily blocked the sale of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the continent; a victory for Apple.

An Australian court has blocked the sale of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the country, as the patent dispute between Apple and Samsung continues.

The court sided on two of the patents Apple alleged the company had infringed, issuing the temporary injunction against sales. The ban will run until the same court rules on the core patent issue, Reuters said.

Samsung had fought back against the ban, as the companies continue to battle out the alleged infringement of patents in over twenty jurisdictions since April, when the disputes began.

As Reuters report, resolution of the case could take months to complete, unless Samsung opts for an expedited hearing, which could result in the tablet never launching in the continent.

Australia's tablet economy is not the strongest, compared to Europe, with less than 25 million citizens across the continent. However, the Android-powered tablet is seen as the only viable competitor to Apple's iPad. The more important ruling comes next week when a Californian court will hear Apple's reasons why the wider Galaxy range of products should be blocked for sale in the United States.

Apple had accused Samsung of infringing seven Australian patents relating to wireless networking in Apple's third and fourth generation iPhones and iPad 2 devices.

But Samsung still holds the Android majority marketshare in Australia and North America, as Google's mobile operating system could suffer as a result of the ban.

Apple already won a victory in Germany, banning the Galaxy Tab 10.1 across Europe, forcing Samsung to pull the tablet from the IFA trade show in Berlin -- one of the world's largest technology events. The ban spread across Europe, but was reduced a few days later to uphold the ban in Germany, after concerns were met about the court's power in imposing a Europe-wide embargo.

Samsung said it would attempt to ban the sale of Apple's next-generation smartphone, the iPhone 4S in France and Italy, accusing the company of infringing its cellular patents.

Read more at ZDNet Australia: Apple wins injunction against Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Topics: Apple, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Samsung, Tablets

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Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.

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