Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Australian Compromise Rejected by Apple
The other day we heard that Samsung had offered Apple a deal to hopefully end the dispute over the release of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia albeit the details of the offer being kept secret, and Apple had said they would consider Samsung’s proposal. Well it now appears that Apple has come to their decision on the matter.
According to the guys over at Apple Insider, Reuters is reporting that Apple has now rejected Samsung’s proposal to end the fight over the Android 3.2 Honeycomb slate launch in Australia, and although apparently Apple did concede the proposal offered some benefit, ultimately turned down the compromise.
Steven Burley, Apple’s lawyer to the court, “It is one we don’t accept and there is no surprise. The main reason we are here is to prevent the launch (of the Galaxy 10.1) and maintain the status quo.”
From that one could surmise that Apple’s “status quo” means they want Australia to only have the Apple iPad as a choice of tablet and are making sure the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 doesn’t encroach on what Apple seems to consider their territory.
A lawyer for Samsung told the court that a settlement “is not to be achievable, given the positions advanced by each party.”
Apparently the compromise was for Samsung to remove 2 features from the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which allegedly infringed on Apple patents, which would have left only one of Apple’s patent to fight over whether Samsung infringed or not.
A decision on whether to grant a preliminary injunction of the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1in Australia is expected sometime next week, and Samsung has already agreed to delay the launch of the device until they decision has been made.
Seems to me that Apple is looking to get their own way no matter the cost and isn’t prepared to make a compromise, as obviously all they are worried about is their Apple iPad market share being eaten away if the Galaxy tab 10.1 becomes available in the country.
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