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Apple Gets Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Banned in Australia

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1That’s right, folks, the legal battles between Apple and Samsung are far from over. The Cupertino company has successfully won its case to have a preliminary injunction slapped on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, meaning Samsung cannot sell its 10-inch slate down under.

A judge has ruled that until the patent disputes between both companies are resolved in a trial, Samsung’s device cannot be sold. Apple claims that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringes three of its patents and “slavishly” copies the design of its iOS devices. As a result, the release of Samsung’s tablet in Australia has now been delayed by over two months.

However, this particular case certainly isn’t wrapped up just yet. As we’ve come to expect from Samsung with these lawsuits, the Korean electronics giant will not back down easily. In a statement released today, it promises to continue its legal proceedings and deliver its innovative products to customers:

“Samsung will continue its legal proceeding against Apple’s claim in order to ensure our innovative products remain available to customers.

“This is part of our ongoing legal proceeding against Apple’s claim. Samsung is also confident it can prove Apple’s violation of Samsung’s wireless technology patents through a cross-claim filed on September 16, 2011 with the Federal Court of Australia, New South Wales.

“Our wireless standard patents are essential for mobile business. We will continue to legally assert our intellectual property rights against those who violate Samsung’s patents and free ride on our technology.”

Samsung may be able to modify its device to avoid those alleged patent infringements, and the Australian courts are set to decide today whether this is a possibility. The company recently changed three of its smartphones so that they could be sold in the Netherlands following another Apple dispute.

Right now, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is arguably the best Android alternative to the iPad, and it’s a shame that Android fans down under are still yet to get their hands on the device.

Do you think Samsung will ever launch the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia?

[via TechRadar]


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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