Samsung Galaxy Tablet Ban in Australia Lifted, Apple to Appeal

samsung logoSydney Morning Herald reports that an Australian court has lifted the ban of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, reversing a previous injunction.

The full bench of the Federal Court - Justices John Dowsett, Lindsay Foster and David Yates - today unanimously reversed a Federal Court judge's ruling last month that Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 be banned from sale in Australia.

"Samsung will be permitted to launch the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia provided it keeps accounts of all transactions involving that device in Australia," the judges wrote in their judgment.

Apple, however, was able to extend the ban until Friday at 4pm while it prepares for an appeal to the High Court.

For those who have been following the legal battles between the two companies, Apple has been trying to ban Samsung's Galaxy tablet in a number of markets due to similarities to the iPad design. In this case, Apple had previously obtained an injunction preventing Samsung from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. The Galaxy Tab had also been blocked in Germany.

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Top Rated Comments

risc Avatar
164 months ago
Because a law was broken by the sale of patent-infringing merchandise that's basically tantamount to straight-forward theft?

Your response is no less comical than someone saying "a guy at work wants to buy a stolen car, why shouldn't he be able to?" Gosh, I don't know, maybe because a law was broken?

Oh please... why is the tablet for sale in the US then? :rolleyes:

I love my Apple products as much as the next guy but you rampant fanboys/girls are insane!
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
risc Avatar
164 months ago
Personally I have an iPad 2 but a guy at work wants a Galaxy Tab why shouldn't he be able to buy 1 just because we live in Australia?
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
thenerdal Avatar
164 months ago
Sweet, now Australians can order tablets that nobody wants and are out of date.
A lot of people want Galaxy Tabs, if not, then Apple wouldn't try to ban them.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wikus Avatar
164 months ago
In your own words, please tell us which patent law was broken by Samsung.
I'm not a lawyer and cannot cite the exact patent law broken any more than I can cite the exact law that prohibits theft and extortion.
So youre defending Apple without knowing why??
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wikus Avatar
164 months ago
Good, finally a judge with some sense. Apple's lawsuit clearly had no leg to stand on.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dbrown Avatar
164 months ago
That's an odd way to think.

Tell that to apple.

Apple fears Samsung tablet will 'seduce' customers, court told (http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/tablets/apple-fears-samsung-tablet-will-seduce-customers-court-told-20110929-1kyl5.html#ixzz1fAHTu66G)

Apple fears the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will launch on to the market "with the velocity of a fire hose" and "take away iPad 2 sales so quickly" that customers may be permanently "seduced" away from Apple's iOS platform, its lawyers told the Federal Court in Sydney today.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)