Samsung wins Apple legal battle to sell Galaxy tablet in Australia

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Samsung wins Apple legal battle to sell Galaxy tablet in Australia

Jenny Williams

A court in Australia has overturned Apple’s injunction to prevent Samsung selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet device.

Apple alleged Samsung's Galaxy mobile phones and tablet computers copied design elements of the iPhone and iPad.

Apple won an important victory in its patent war against Samsung Electronics in obtaining a preliminary injunction in August 2011, barring the sale of Samsung's Galaxy tablet in nearly all European Union states and Australia.

According to the BBC, Samsung said in a statement: "Samsung Electronics Australia is pleased with today's unanimous decision by the Federal Court to lift the preliminary injunction on sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.”

"We believe the ruling clearly affirms that Apple's legal claims lack merit,” Samsung added.

Samsung has re-designed its device. Earlier this month, Samsung modified a version of its Galaxy Tab 10.1, in an attempt to work around Apple’s ban under copyright infringement in Germany.

Samsung has been locked in a legal war with Apple over smartphone and tablet design patents in the US, Australia, South Korea and Japan since April this year.

In October 2011, research firm Strategy Analytics said Samsung had overtaken Apple in worldwide smartphone shipments after Apple suffered its lowest levels of shipments in two years.

Image source: gabrielsaldana on flickr


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