Samsung wins tablet battle with Apple

Grace Robinson
30 November, 2011
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After months of legal battles, Samsung has been granted permission sell its modified Galaxy 10.1 tablet in Australia following the Federal Court’s ruling to lift a ban on the sale of the computer

In a breaking report from ABC News, the publication outlines further details of the case:

“Last month, the court slapped a temporary injunction on sales of the Galaxy 10.1 after rival Apple said the Galaxy range of tablets and smartphones were too similar to its iPad and iPhone.

The companies have been waging a battle in 10 countries over smartphone and tablet patents since April.

The Australian dispute centred on touch-screen technology.

The decision is a boost for the South Korean technology company in the lead-up to the Christmas shopping season.”

Samsung recently modified the appearance of the tablet to create the Galaxy Tab 10.1N following Apple’s case against the company, which claimed that the Galaxy had copied elements of the iPad.

What do you think – did the Federal Court make the right decision in allowing the sale of the Galaxy 10.1 in Australia? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Update: Apple has been given a one-week extension on the current ban to stop the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy 10.2 tab in Australia, in order to lodge an appeal against this latest ruling.

High Court Justice John Dyson Heydon extended the ban to December 9, according to Bloomberg, at which point the court will hear Apple’s request to appeal the orderto enable the sale of Samsung’s tablet.

“A stay for one week will cost Samsung, in effect, one week’s trade,” Heydon said, following a 90-minute hearing in Sydney. The extension will hurt Samsung “but not to extend the status quo is likely to be injurious to Apple,” Heydon said.


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  1. Martin says:

    I’ll admit, I’m a major Apple fan, I have been for years, and that’s why I’m on this site… but to be honest with current copyright laws I don’t see how such ridiculous copying has been allowed to occur. Samsung (and Google) have clearly copied features in both hardware and software, and this should have been dealt with much more effectively. I think Apple has been ripped off here.

  2. Kevin says:

    I agree with Martin in everything he says. The real shocker here is that Apple have even to prove their case. Samsung were in the best position to take advantage of (by that I mean steal) Apple’s technology, providing some of the components to Apple’s specs. The fact that this case is having to be fought by Apple is a huge blow to innovation and creativity.

  3. Charmianne Dempsey says:

    I am also a major Apple fan, but I rather suspect that all this publicity about the ban will generate more interest in Samsung’s product in the long term and may lose some potential Apple customers, particularly after Steve Jobs’ passing.

    Many people might wonder if his successors have what it takes to keep pushing up Apple’s market share in the tablet market especially.

    Perhaps if Apple had said nothing but just continued to improve the iPad, the Samsung competitor would have had less free publicity.

  4. David McCarthy says:

    I guess everyone can have an opinion but really, asking Mr Apple Fan-In-The-Street whether he thinks the Federal Court made the right decision is idiotic. It’s like the current situation of asking if people “believe” in climate change. Only the experts have the knowledge, be they judges or scientists.

  5. Ron says:

    While I am an apple user I can see that for whatever reason Apple is running scared of Samsung products. This is not about the ridiculous items which apple have been able to patented, but shouldn’t be able to. The patent system has got out of hand. I recall having read that many of the items Apple patented already existed but of course had not been patented.

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