Apple Blocks Samsung from Launching Galaxy Tab in Australia
By Melanie Pinola
Samsung has agreed not to sell its 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab tablet in Australia until it resolves its patent issues with Apple. According to Bloomberg, the companies are looking to reach a settlement over patent infringement claims.
Apple has long contended that Samsung and other tablet makers infringe on Apple patents. According to Apple, the Galaxy Tab specifically violates 10 patents–including the “look and feel” of the iPad, as well as Apple’s touchscreen technology.
Apple thus sought an Australian injunction against the Galaxy Tab, and Apple also seeks to halt Samsung from selling the iPad rival elsewhere. Samsung, meanwhile, has agreed to stop advertising the product in Australia, and not to sell the device, until the lawsuit is resolved. If Apple loses the lawsuit, it has agreed to pay Samsung an unspecified amount in damages.