Samsung given Galaxy Tab go-ahead after Apple loses sales ban bid

Samsung given Galaxy Tab go-ahead after Apple loses sales ban bid

Summary: An Australian court has lifted a sales ban on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, allowing the highly anticipated tablet to be sold in the region -- finally.

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An Australian court has lifted a sales ban on Galaxy 10.1 tablet, giving Samsung the green light to push the highly anticipated tablet out onto the market just in time for Christmas.

The sales injunction had been in effect since late July, after Apple secured a bid in court to ban the tablet from store shelves.

But on Friday, Australia's High Court refused Apple's application for special leave to appeal in the ongoing patent dispute, which has spread to over 30 cases in 10 jurisdictions.

Samsung said it was "pleased" with the judgement, sister-site ZDNet Australia reports.

An earlier Federal Court decision lifted the injunction that had prevented the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but Apple immediately requested a stay on the order as to allow its appeal process to go through to a higher court. This then forced an extra week on the then-lifted injunction.

While the High Court did not explicitly say that there were no grounds for Apple to appeal, it said that there would be little chance of the case succeeding.

The Cupertino-based giant was also ordered to pay legal costs for Samsung's case, but details are yet to be finalised.

While Samsung prevailed in this case, Apple was given reprieve in a French court after the Korean giant had proposed a sales ban in the country of the iPhone 4S.

Sales of the tablet in Australia will have been severely dented by this sales injunction, but the company hopes to recoup some of its losses in the coming fortnight leading up to the end-of-year holiday season.

Read more on this story from ZDNet Australia.

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  • RE: Samsung given Galaxy Tab go-ahead after Apple loses sales ban bid

    If I were Samsung I would drop 3 Million of them in Austrailia for $250 each over the next 2 weeks! Then I would do the same every place an injunction were lifted.

    Why would I do this? Because Apple got pissed that they were 1 upped by the size and weight of the tablet so they moved to block sales.
    slickjim
    • RE: Samsung given Galaxy Tab go-ahead after Apple loses sales ban bid

      @Peter Perry

      Nice idea. I'll never buy anything Apple because of all these attempts to block competition.
      Chipesh
    • RE: Samsung given Galaxy Tab go-ahead after Apple loses sales ban bid

      @Peter Perry

      Honestly, it's not like Samsung is moving large quantities of these tablets anyway. Injunction or no injunction... same difference. Selling them hundreds below cost is the only way they'd move that amount in a reasonable period of time anyway.

      For all of this talk about how Apple "is pissed about being 1 upped", etc. this clearly is not reflected in the marketplace. Wasn't 2011 supposed to be the year of the iPad killer? You know... attack of the clones... what happened?
      techconc
      • RE: Samsung given Galaxy Tab go-ahead after Apple loses sales ban bid

        @techconc
        You may be very right. iPad 2 is huge - and Apple can't hire enough genuises for their brick-and-mortar. It's just the principle. If the thing is so insanely great it doesn't need to place legal obstacles in front of the competition.
        pikeman666@...
      • What happened?

        @techconc - their market share went from near-100% to ~68%. In about 1 year. With sales of major competitors blocked.

        I don't think the bean-counters in Cupertino view it quite the way you do. Yes, their gross sales increased ... but the writing is on the wall, and i'm sure it looks very familiar from their experience with the iPhone. They know they're in for a serious fight.
        daboochmeister
    • RE: Samsung given Galaxy Tab go-ahead after Apple loses sales ban bid

      @Peter Perry
      Very cool idea. Anyone who sticks their finger in Apple's eye is AOK by me! And what better way to do it?
      pikeman666@...
  • Unfortunately for Apple, competition isn't part of their megalomaniac plans

    I must congratulate you Zack Whittaker, your articles are informative, useful, and I detect no BS or bias.

    Kudos for reporting facts, basically true journalism. Your presence as well as that of Ed Bott on ZDNet gives me great comfort in coming here to learn.

    Thank you.

    [i]~~~~~~~~~~
    No person who is enthusiastic about his work has anything to fear from life.
    ~ Samuel Goldwyn[/i]
    WinTard
    • RE: Samsung given Galaxy Tab go-ahead after Apple loses sales ban bid

      @WinTard You forgot to add "as long as you report things how I want to hear them" to the end of that line.
      non-biased
  • Sales of the tablet in Australia will have been severely dented...

    by this sales injunction,"

    Not likely of a much adverse affect if sales and/or methods to pump up Android tablet numbers in Canada are any indication.

    Service provider Rogers is giving away a FREE (or cheap) Samsung Tab with any contract when you buy 2 phones (3 year), or subscribe to it's digital TV+Internet (2 year) service.

    http://redboard.rogers.com/tag/samsung-galaxy-tab/

    Android numbers inflated by give-aways and buy-one, get one (or more) free promotions, no matter the recent drug-induced spin by Eric Schmidt.

    ( shields up!!! :-) )
    MacCanuck
    • RE: Samsung given Galaxy Tab go-ahead after Apple loses sales ban bid

      @MacCanuck
      It doesn't matter if the carrier is giving away or not since it was the carrier who subsidizing the customer. Samsung still got paid for the Tab one way or another.

      So does Robbers that suck blood out of their customers as well. Yes, I am also a Canadian.
      Samic
  • RE: Samsung given Galaxy Tab go-ahead after Apple loses sales ban bid

    Common sense seems to prevail, that a rectalgular black shiny slate and some packaging, bear no ability to be patented....

    Just barking mad it took so long to be thrown out.
    neil.postlethwaite
  • RE: Samsung given Galaxy Tab go-ahead after Apple loses sales ban bid

    Zack
    The Australian High Court is not just any old court, it is the highest court of the land. One can not appeal or review decisions by the Hight Court, so how about giving credit where credit is due. The Australian ZDNet sister site (which you cited) got it right so why can't you?
    Phil689
    • RE: Samsung given Galaxy Tab go-ahead after Apple loses sales ban bid

      @Phil689 What are you on about? Where does Zack say our High Court is NOT the highest court??
      Gadsy
      • RE: Samsung given Galaxy Tab go-ahead after Apple loses sales ban bid

        @Gadsy ...see here:
        Summary: An Australian court has lifted a sales ban on Samsung???s Galaxy Tab 10.1, allowing the highly anticipated tablet to be sold in the region...
        and here:
        An Australian court has lifted a sales ban on Galaxy 10.1 tablet, giving Samsung the green light to push the highly anticipated tablet out onto the market just in time for Christmas.

        Even though Zack goes on to mention the Hight Court further in the text, the damage (ie belittling) has already been done, for few people read past the headline.
        You see, the behemoth fought tooth and nail in all Australian courts to prevent Samsung from excercising its rights as a competitor.
        Now, if you don't understand the difference (and importance) of this momentous decision then I'm sorry for you.
        Phil689
  • RE: Samsung given Galaxy Tab go-ahead after Apple loses sales ban bid

    The irony here is that Apple may well have created interest in the Galxy Tab by seeking to have it banned.

    If I were Samsung I'd be running ads touting the G-tab as: "A tablet so good, Apple doesn't want you to be able to by it!"
    dsf3g