Apple’s efforts to stick it to Samsung have paid off in at least one part of the world, as Australian federal court granted Apple an injuction which blocks sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 in that country. Apple’s grievances with Samsung have to do with an accusation of Samsung “slavishly” copying Apple’s IP to create their products, and Justice Annabelle Bennett seems to agree.
Here’s a bit from the Sydney Morning Herald:
[quote]On October 4, Samsung told the court it would scrap the release of the Galaxy 10.1 if the injunction were granted because missing the Christmas season would make the new tablet “dead” by the time it reached market. However, Justice Bennett said she had to weigh this consideration against the loss and injury that could be caused to Apple should Samsung be allowed to sell the iPad rival.[/quote]
Though a full hearing will occur, it won’t likely begin until next year. Samsung is wise to be discouraged by the ruling, as the loss of the Christmas sales would indeed spell disaster for that device’s profit margin. As you can imagine, Samsung didn’t have a lot of good to say about the result.
[quote]”Samsung will continue its legal proceeding against Apple’s claim in order to ensure our innovative products remain available to consumers,” it said. “This is a 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.”[/quote]
Sure, guys. Sure.