Samsung has been temporarily barred from selling its Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia by an Australian court.
Apple has alleged that Samsung copied features from its hugely popular iPad tablet to make the Samsung Galaxy Tab. 10.1. Until further notice, Samsung cannot sell its tablet in the Australian market.
With a patent lawsuit still pending in court, Tab cannot see the light of day in Australia until it gets resolved.
Holiday sales affected
The court decision is surely going to impact Samsung, as the Christmas season is round the corner. Samsung had hoped to launch its tablet in time for the holiday season which usually sees significant sales.
Samsung will continue its legal proceeding against Apple's claim in order to ensure our innovative products remain available to consumers.” Samsung Spokesperson
Apple and Samsung have patents' war for quite a long time now. In April this year, Apple had boldly accused Samsung of blatantly copying the user interface, product design, and packaging of its iPhones and iPads.
Not to sit quiet, Samsung launched its own battery of accusations, alleging that Apple had infringed on its wireless communications technology.
The battle between the two companies over smartphones and tablets now spans across countries.
Samsung accused of copying touch-screen technology
The present lawsuit filed by Apple accuses Samsung of copying the touch screen technology of the iPad. The court believes that Apple has a high probability of winning the legal battle against Samsung in Australia.
Can Samsung still sell tablets with those touch-screen technologies removed? The court’s orders have not been published yet so it would be difficult to assume anything right now.
The Christmas season always sees a strong surge in sales of electronics and apparel, and Samsung would surely not want to let go of this opportunity.
Samsung is reportedly disappointed with the court ruling and would be exploring its legal options to settle the matter as soon as possible.
"Samsung will continue its legal proceeding against Apple's claim in order to ensure our innovative products remain available to consumers," said a spokesperson from Samsung.
Samsung added said that she is quite confident of winning the patent lawsuit against Apple over the wireless communications technology.
Apple remained unavailable for comment.