After months of legal battle, Apple has won a temporary ban against the sales of Samsung Galaxy 10.1
After a long legal battle, Australian court has ruled in favor Apple by ordering a temporary ban on the sale of Samsung Electronics’ latest PC tablet in Australia on Thursday. This is Apple’s second major victory against Samsung Electronics in this year. The final court orders could take months and that is going to damage the market of the new Galaxy tablet in Australia which is the leading competitor of Apple’s iPad.
The two technology companies are engaged in churlish legal battles in almost 10 countries. Both companies have claimed patent infringements involving smartphones and tablets. Apple sued Samsung over a patent dispute claiming that Samsung has “slavishly copied” touch-screen technology in Galaxy tablet.
The Federal Court of Australia while ordering the temporary band said that “Samsung had a case to answer regarding two of the patent issues”. This ban applies on the sales of Samsung Galaxy 10.1 until the court gives its verdict on the patent issue. Judge Annabelle Bennet said, “I am satisfied that it is appropriate to grant an interim injunction, however I propose again the opportunity of an early final hearing on the issues presented in this application”.
Earlier, Apple had filed a patent infringement case to block Samsung products in Germany and Netherlands. The company was successful in blocking sales of Samsung tablets and smartphones in some parts of the European region. Apple has filed similar cases in United States and South Korea. Analyst in Seoul believes that it will damage the reputation of Samsung as Apple will extend its dominance in the tablet market.
Till now, Samsung has not appealed against the ruling of Federal Court of Australia but it is expected that it will now focus more on its patent claim involving ‘wireless technology’ against Apple. Samsung issued a statement, “We are disappointed with this ruling and Samsung will be seeking legal advice on its options. Samsung will continue its legal proceeding against Apple’s claim in order to ensure our innovative products remain available to consumers.”
Samsung will now miss the opportunity of launching its tablet during the Christmas gift-giving season as Federal Court will take months before deciding the final fate of patent issue. The judge hearing the case has offered Samsung a speedy final ruling on the patent issue but Samsung is reluctant to accept the offer which indicates that it doesn’t want to risk its patent case by rushing for a ruling.
Court has allowed Samsung to appeal against the ruling within 14 days of the release of the written judgment. The judgment is expected to be released on Friday.