Apple lawsuit puts Samsung tablet sales in Australia on hold

“Apple Inc. won an agreement from Samsung Electronics Co. that the South Korean company won’t sell the newest version of its tablet computer in Australia until a patent lawsuit in the country is resolved,” Joe Schneider and Robert Fenner report for Bloomberg.

“The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringes 10 Apple patents, including the “look and feel,” and touchscreen technology of the iPad, Steven Burley, a lawyer for Apple, told Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett in Sydney yesterday,” Schneider and Fenner report. “The Cupertino, California-based company sought an Australian injunction and also wants to stop Samsung from selling the tablet in other countries, Burley said without specifying where.”

Schneider and Fenner report, “Samsung, based in Suwon, South Korea, agreed to stop advertising the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia and not to sell the device until it wins court approval or the lawsuit is resolved, according to an accord reached by lawyers during a break in the hearing. Should Apple lose its patent infringement lawsuit, it agreed to pay Samsung damages, which weren’t specified.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Don’t steal IP.


      1. Samsung tablets, along with host of other Android tablets, aren’t selling so well so far; however, the Samsung iPhone knockoff phones seems to be a hit (up over 500+% this previous quarter and almost passed iPhone to be the new no. 1 smartphone manufacturer over Nokia). Besides, they have other household appliances, TVs, displays, accessories and components and myriad of other product lines that are profitable businesses. So to answer your question, no.

        Samsung has demonstrated itself to be a petty, dishonest, unethical corporation that not only engages in stealing other people’s IPs (including their own customers) and in slavishly copycatting instead of proud innovation, but also sue the companies (not all of them are as large as Apple and can’t fight the patent litigation) instead of being remorseful when caught. There are also whispers about Samsung and N. Korea ties that aren’t legit.

        You don’t have to keep a blind eye like the previous generation did with the MS, that ended up pushing back innovation/computer revolution by more than a decade. Boycott these unethical rogues and ALL their product lines today.

  1. The sales figures would’ve been grim reading anyhows. Nobody missed out on anything here – expect the shareholders who were duped into financing a suicide mission based on plagiarism and copyright theft.

    The moral here is, if you run your design business like clueless hipsters don’t expect to sell a lot of product.

  2. Good!

    I’ve noticed a LOT of Samsung crap being advertised here in Oz. I even had an Optusnet salesperson trying to get me interested in a Samsung tablet instead of an iPad. (And a few of my friends have had salespeople pushing non-iPhones onto them, although not all from Samsung.) Another friend was telling me how amazing his friend’s “iPhone” was, with its pinch-to-zoom, etc. Then it turned out that it was made by Samsung.

    So, hopefully, this is just the beginning of Samsung’s copycat stuff being taken off the market here.

    Fortunately, Apple’s stuff is still selling really well, in spite of salespeople’s BS and lack of advertising.

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