Australian court extends Galaxy Tab ban; Unlikely to reach Christmas markets

Australian court extends Galaxy Tab ban; Unlikely to reach Christmas markets

Summary: No let-up for Samsung, as its hopes of getting its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet out for Christmas in the Australian market is dashed by Apple's appeal.

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An Australian court on Friday extended a sales injunction of Samsung's Galaxy Tablet 10.1, further delaying the Korean firm's bid to sell the tablet in the run up to the Christmas holiday.

Samsung and Apple continue to lock horns over patents, which has now spread to over 10 jurisdictions.

Earlier this week, an appeals court unanimously overturned a sales ban that prevented Samsung from marketing or selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1; thought to be one of the key rival to Apple's iPad in the the tablet market.

The ban was set to expire at 4 p.m. (local time) on Friday, but will now continue until December 9th -- a week from now -- allowing the High Court to hear Apple's further appeal agains the court decision, ZDNet Australia reports.

The High Court, the final court of appeal in Australia, will decide if Apple has the right to challenge the judgement of the release of the sales ban.

Next Friday's hearing will only consider whether or not the High Court will hear the proposed appeal by Apple, as opposed to hearing the actual appeal itself.

"Samsung believes Apple has no basis for its application for leave to appeal and will vigorously oppose this to the High Court", the Korean giant said in a statement.

Allowing the long-awaited tablet to go on sale, Samsung had planned a "high-velocity" launch to maximise sales in the run-up to the Christmas sales period. Some networks had already claimed that they were "ready" for the device.

One of the most popular shopping times runs between December 1st and December 5th, Even a day shaved off this timeframe would cost the company tens of thousands, if not millions in revenue.

While Samsung is the world's most popular smartphone maker, with one in four U.S. smartphone users owning one, it falls to second place behind Apple in the tablet marketshare.

Read more on this story at ZDNet Australia.

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  • RE: Australian court extends Galaxy Tab ban; Unlikely to reach Christmas markets

    Apple & M$ must pay for these cowardly legal tactics. The people will see it and will embrace Android and FOSS!
    The Linux Geek
    • RE: Australian court extends Galaxy Tab ban; Unlikely to reach Christmas markets

      @The Linux Geek How did you bring Microsoft into this. You keep spewing the same nonsense.
      murving
      • RE: Australian court extends Galaxy Tab ban; Unlikely to reach Christmas markets

        @murving

        It's not nonsense, murving. Microsoft has used these exact same tactics in the past, to be blunt.
        Lerianis10
      • Which 'same tactics'? Anyone ever stole Microsoft's IP to make forged ...

        @Lerianis10: ... products as if the thief is a Chinese no name producer of "Abibas" shoes and "Rolix" watches?
        dderss
      • RE: Australian court extends Galaxy Tab ban; Unlikely to reach Christmas markets

        @dderss, there was NOTHING stolen here. The guts of the machines are totally different, and I could say that Apple 'stole' the look of the iPad from my Viewsonic monitor right here in my bedroom, because it looks VERY similar before you turn it on to that, besides the Apple branding on the iPad.

        Simply put, Apple is doing an illegal and illegitimate lawsuit here to try to protect their market, because the Tab ALMOST is as good as the iPad.... while being? CHEAPER!
        Lerianis10
      • Look at Samsung's tablet design before iPad and after

        @Lerianis10: [b]IP theft screams.[/b] They copied almost everything -- from all-flat glass surface and black bezel design to icons to packaging to connector cable.<br><br>And do not forget that comparison is only possible "between apples and apples", so to speak. So no use describing "similar" designs of other types of devices. (Also, you can not patent design without assigning concrete category.)<br><br>And, finally, when Apple sued Samsung their devices were not cheaper. Now SGT 10.1 a bit cheaper, but you have to consider that it is made of cheap plastic comparing to aluminium, and that it employs cheap SoC Tegra-2, which three-to-five times slower in graphics, and up to ten times slower in vector floating point calculations. (And no wonder, since only graphics co-processor in Apple's A5 SoC is bigger than complete Tegra-2 chip.) Cheaper product has to be priced cheaper.<br><br>And SGTs are not selling that well anyway (where these are not banned), so these lawsuits are obviously matter of principle rather than about competition.<br><br>Amazon's Kindle Fire is the only capable competition to iPad now. It is different device in terms of target group, though.</b>
        dderss
      • RE: Australian court extends Galaxy Tab ban; Unlikely to reach Christmas markets

        @murving

        MS IS using the EXACT same tactics RIGHT NOW. Zach just wasn't talking about it in THIS article. Until Apple launched it's Crusade against Samsung, all the news was about M$ suing Motorola and extorting Nokia.
        tkejlboom
    • RE: Australian court extends Galaxy Tab ban; Unlikely to reach Christmas markets

      @The Linux Geek
      You're absolutely right, only, the people won't see this. They couldn't care less...
      belli_bettens@...
    • So, it's Apple's fault that a COURT of LAW decided the case has merit?

      NT
      baggins_z
      • RE: Australian court extends Galaxy Tab ban; Unlikely to reach Christmas markets

        @baggins_z It's amazing how so many take a stand (on side or the other) on cases like this based on emotion. If there was no case what so ever it would have been tossed out quickly but apparently that is a case. Doesn't mean that Apple will definitely win or that everyone has to agree with what the case is based on but it is the law like it or not.
        non-biased
    • RE: Australian court extends Galaxy Tab ban; Unlikely to reach Christmas markets

      @The Linux Geek So if Samsung did blatantly copy just above everything on the iPad rather than come up with something on their own that wouldn't be cowardly? Oh that's right, it your little world if something appears to be open source than it can do not wrong but if it isn't open source it can do nothing right. As mentioned, how does MS even come into this?
      non-biased
  • G'day mate

    I don't think Samsung's worthless copy of the ipad is going to matter to savvy Aussie consumers anyway. They might as well let them sell their piece of junk.
    SilentMethod
    • Despite all Samsung's efforts, Galaxy Tabs are selling only moderately

      @SilentMethod: so much for bloggers who love to speculate that these legal disputes are about Apple being "scared of Samsung to death".

      If these bloggers even tried to understand Jobs, then would understands that these trials are matter of principle.
      dderss
      • RE: Australian court extends Galaxy Tab ban; Unlikely to reach Christmas markets

        @dderss
        Matter of principle of being in control of everything, right? (I've read the Jobs' bio too)

        Kind of remind me of the Big Brother in Apple's 1984 Ad, doesn't it?
        Samic
      • RE: Australian court extends Galaxy Tab ban; Unlikely to reach Christmas markets

        @dderss

        As a matter of principle, If I were Samsung, I would simply stop selling any part to Apple, and see how well they fare without essential critical components? Well, Apple drew first blood betraying the alliance? So fair is fair?

        Yes, nobody else in the world currently manufactures the A4 an A5 and future A6 CPUs but Samsung.

        Samsung holds many manufacturing patented processes that are not easily substituted by merely changing part vendors. The tooling and quality check testing required would take probably 18 months or more to ramp up production elsewhere to end up with an unproven in the field product. What would Apple sell for these 18 months? And if they don't sell anything for 18 months, Apple might as well as declare they retire, because the rest of manufacturers are not going to slouch either.

        Heh, what goes around comes around. The huge difference here between Apple and Samsung is without CPUs, Apple is bankrupt. However, Samsung couldn't care less about not selling smartphones, and still keep on going because they are truly widely diversified. See, no Achilles' heel for Samsung, whereas the jugular is very apparent for Apple.

        [i]~~~~~~~~~~
        It will be glossy. And you will like it.
        ~ Book of Jobs - 11:42

        We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.
        ~ Steve Jobs

        Um, he doesn't like fun that much ... I think, how many times would I see Steve Jobs just rail out in laughter like you would at good comedy, and it's pretty seldom. We did a lot of pranks together. But he wasn't really a laugher at the pranks, he more wanted to find a way to turn it into money.
        ~ Steve Wozniak, Apple cofounder

        We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk.
        ~ Steve Jobs[/i]
        WinTard
      • RE: Australian court extends Galaxy Tab ban; Unlikely to reach Christmas markets

        @dderss

        principle yet chinese knock-offs blatantly ripping off their look continue and apple does zero about it. Face it, they dont like that Samsung is able to produce a good product that can challenge them. Apple believes they stole their product (still to be disputed) and its runs pretty well which made Jobs pissed, hence all this foolishness.
        jncipriani@...
      • RE: Australian court extends Galaxy Tab ban; Unlikely to reach Christmas markets

        @Wintard

        Yeah, but if Samsung cuts Apple off, how much you want to bet they get sued for anti-competitive practices? Leveraging their vertical integration to force out competitors as it were. I think Samsung is fighting this the right way.
        tkejlboom
      • RE: Australian court extends Galaxy Tab ban; Unlikely to reach Christmas markets

        @Samic No, principle of not letting somebody blatantly take your IP but of course you knew that but couldn't get your small mind around it could you.

        @WinTard You should change your name to BizTard because you obviously have not business sense. Can Samsung survive without Apple as a customer, sure but they stand to take a much bigger hit without them. You also apparently have no clue about supply management either. Do you honestly think that Samsung can just can just call Apple and say that as of today we will not produce anything else for you without violating any contracts? Do you think they haven't already excepted POs for at least the next 12 months? Are you really that clueless?
        non-biased
    • RE: Australian court extends Galaxy Tab ban; Unlikely to reach Christmas markets

      @SilentMethod

      clearly you haven't used the tab as the 10.1 is pretty good and a lot easier to do some things than the ipad you so dearly cherish. Besides even if your claim is true, why is there a need for apple to be the little scared child afraid of not getting picked :((
      jncipriani@...
  • Reality is the Apple injunctions against Samsung failed at slowing anything

    However, now that a higher court reversed the preliminary ban, the longer Apple uses below-the-belt (as usual per Apple) dirty tactics of delaying; ultimately they will have to compensate Samsung for all lost revenues.

    Ironic isn't it? Even more ironic is even with all this legal onslaught against Samsung, it still manages to outsell Apple with the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Tabs the world over. Apparently, people are no as stupid as Apple would like us to think so.

    And Apple's product pipeline is empty of anything that could compete with Galaxy Skin and Galaxy Note.

    The walls in the garden are crumbling and there is nothing Apple can do about it except go down in flames.

    [i]~~~~~~~~~~
    Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too.
    ~ Marcus Aurelius

    No legacy is so rich as honesty.
    ~ William Shakespeare, 1564-1616

    False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
    ~ Plato, 427 BC-347 BC[/i]
    WinTard