Apple loses to Samsung in Australia patent fight

As you probably know, down under in Australia both Apple and Samsung are battling it out in the courts over patent infringement over the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 looking and feeling like the Apple iPad, or so claims Apple, and the fruity company managed to get an interim ban of sales of the Android slate in Australia.

However, in a bit of a kick in the jaw to Apple, according to an article over on Ubergizmo by way of Reuters, old Sammy can again start selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia as soon as Friday.

The reason for this is Samsung has gained a win over Apple and thus lifting the preliminary ban on the sale of the tablet. Apparently an Australian federal court unanimously decided to life the injunction that was imposed by a lower court.

However, Apple can probably file an appeal against the lifting of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 ban, but that will of course take time, and thus allows old Sammy to take advantage of the run up to Christmas to shift their Android slate in Australia during the busy shopping season.

But if this new ruling stands firm in Australia it could mean that other countries that have also granted Apple a ban on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to reconsider their ban also, which in turn could lead to more Samsung wins over Apple.

I any case I am sure Samsung is quite happy at being able to offer the Galaxy Tab 10.1 during the holiday season down under, and no doubt Apple is somewhat lacking that festive feeling at hearing the news.

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