Samsung Australia responds following block on Galaxy Tab

Samsung Australia responds following block on Galaxy Tab

Summary: Samsung Australia has responded publicly about its latest legal battle with Apple, citing specific differences between the Australian and U.S. versions of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

TOPICS: Tablets, Samsung

Following an injunction against the promotion and sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, Samsung's local subsidiary has released an official response. first reported Samsung Australia's official response, and it touches on the major points of the case thus far:

Apple Inc. filed a complaint with the Federal Court of Australia involving a Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 variant that Samsung Electronics had no plans of selling in Australia. No injunction was issued by the court and the parties in the case reached a mutual agreement which stipulates that the variant in question will not be sold in Australia.

A Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 for the Australian market will be released in the near future.

This undertaking does not affect any other Samsung smartphone or tablet available in the Australian market or other countries.

Samsung will continue to actively defend and protect our intellectual property to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communication business.

Apple has been entangled in a legal web with Samsung for months now over patents, particularly related to the design of the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S smartphones. Apple thinks they look too similar to the iPad and iPhone respectively.

One of the more recent twists occurred in June when Apple filed a counter suit to Samsung in South Korea after the latter sued the former. (Again, this story is very twisty.) Apple and Samsung already have other lawsuits pending, spanning from California to Germany.

Samsung isn't the only one caught in a legal battle over patent infringement claims with Apple. HTC brought its ongoing fight with the Cupertino, Calif.-based company to the United Kingdom on Monday for another round of lawsuits.


Topics: Tablets, Samsung

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  • RE: Samsung Australia responds following block on Galaxy Tab

    Just one more reason I won't buy, use or even touch any Apple product.
    • RE: Samsung Australia responds following block on Galaxy Tab

      There is a proverb in many of the dialects in India, it actually says, somebody was upset with water, water tanks etc. and stopped cleaning his body outlets. You just reminded me that. :D
      Ram U
      • RE: Samsung Australia responds following block on Galaxy Tab

        @Rama.NET We all have our own decisions to make about the products we buy. IMO, Apple is unethical in their business practices, so I don't care to purchase from them. You can make any decision you choose, but as for me, I won't buy Apple.
      • What is unethical in Apple's business practive? In small ways, every ...

        @roteague: ... have some things unethical, but big way, Apple does not. Apple invented mobile multi-touch technology and the corresponding UI. Just because they do not want their inventions to be shamelessly stolen by Google, it does not mean that Apple "unethical". It is Google who is unethical, sitting for years on Apple's board of directors and then copying the UI from iPhone (before Jobs showed iPhone, Android was BlackBerry OS copycat -- nothing like today's version).
      • RE: Samsung Australia responds following block on Galaxy Tab

        The hell are you talking about, Apple didn't invent shit.
        And THEY copied more than half of what's in their product, you're just another fan boy trying to protect a company filled with hypocrites and liars. I suppose you think all those other tablets are copies of the iPad too, right? Man, you're just another ignorant apple fan.
  • RE: Samsung Australia responds following block on Galaxy Tab

    @ Rachel
    Thank you for the clarifying article on this.
    Puts the original headlines in a completely new perspective.
  • RE: Samsung Australia responds following block on Galaxy Tab

    @mariokiller64: clearly you are not aware that Apple bought Fingerworks, the company founded by the inventor of multitouch. So yes, Apple does own some multitouch IP.