Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Australian launch pushed back again by Apple legal battle

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| August 29, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Time for another chapter in the ongoing legal battle between Apple and Samsung! The latest bit of news concerns the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and its Australian launch, which Apple first put on hold earlier this month. Samsung said at the time that its Australian Galaxy Tab 10.1 would differ from its regular model and that it would provide Apple with samples of the revised slate in order to inspect it before the device went on sale. Unsurprisingly, Apple didn't approve of the new Tab 10.1, and now Samsung has agreed not to advertise or sell the Tab 10.1 until September 30th. In the mean time, Apple and Samsung will continue to explain their cases in front of a judge. Apple is expected to go into detail on the patents it believes Samsung is infringing upon this Friday, with a more exhaustive explanation planned coming by September 5th. Samsung will then respond by September 16th, and the case will go into a hearing on September 26th and 29th.

Samsung has also issed a statement on its plans for the case, saying that it "intends to file a cross claim against Apple Australia and Apple Inc regarding the invalidity of the patents previously asserted by Apple and also a cross claim against Apple regarding violation of patents held by Samsung by selling its iPhones and iPads.”

Apple and Samsung have been going back and forth in the court rooms of several different countries as of late, with each side getting small victories here and there. For example, last week a Dutch court blocked sales of some Galaxy smartphones after ruling that Samsung had infringed on one of Apple's patents, but that was after a German court partially lifted its ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Exactly what is going to happen next in the tiff between Apple and Samsung (and exactly where in the world it'll go down) remains to be seen, but you can be sure we'll let you know more when we do.

Via BGR, Sydney Morning Herald

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