Apple iPhone 4S case, Samsung wins early hearing

Liana Pappas - Publisher
16 November, 2011
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iPhone 4S sales are allowed to continue while Samsung will have to wait until March next year to see if its attempt to get the iPhone 4S banned in Australia are successful.

Including Australia Samsung is taking similar actions in France, Japan and Italy, claims that the iPhone 4S infringes three of its patents.

Justice Annabelle Bennett said,”The case will be fixed for a hearing for three weeks, commencing in March, 2012, with the date to be fixed on Friday, the case will be held in the Australian Federal Court in Sydney.

Apple will now have four more months to sell the handset in Australia before a potential ban could come into place .Apple’s legal team had initially wanted the case to be heard in August but Justice Bennet said this was too far away.

Meanwhile, Apple and Samsung are due in an Australian courtroom on 25 November to dispute Apple’s injunction blocking the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the country.

Similar injunctions are in place in Germany and the Netherlands, while Apple is also trying to block sales of the device in the US.


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