Legal Victory for Apple in Australia – Court Bans Sale of Samsung Tablet

October 13 00:00 2011

New York, October 13 ( – A temporary ban on sale of Samsung’s latest computer tablet in Australia was slapped by a court on Thursday. With this decision, rival Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) gained another legal victory in the global patent war between the two firms.

Since the ultimate resolution of the case could take months, Samsung has the option of an expedited hearing but that could mean the new Galaxy tablet might never be allowed to be launched in Australia. The galaxy is the biggest competitor of Apple iPad which at the moment is dominating global tablet sales.
Lee Seung-woo, an analyst at Shinyoung Securities in Seoul said, “The ruling could further extend Apple’s dominance in the tablet market as it widens a sales ban of Samsung’s latest product.”

However, since the Australian market is not large, the impact of the ruling might not be very serious. The real test will come on Thursday when later in the day a Californian court will start hearing Apple’s bid to ban sales of Galaxy products in the United States.

The rival technology firms have been involved in an ongoing tussle in 10 countries regarding smartphones and tablets since April. The Australian dispute was regarding the use of touch-screen technology by Samsung in its new tablet.

Samsung shares closed down 0.9 percent in Seoul, while the broader market finished up 0.8 percent.