Samsung Australia responds following block on Galaxy Tab

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.
Written by Rachel King, Contributor

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.

Ausdroid.net 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.


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