Australian court overturns Samsung tablet ban in Apple patent case

Samsung recently won a appeal lawsuit against Apple in Australia that overturned a ban on sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the country. An appeals court, which recently said the ban was “not terribly fair” to Samsung, explained that the original judge in a lower court had made a mistake in approving Apple’s request for an injunction against the tablet. “We cannot see how Samsung’s conduct in refusing the offer of an early trial could properly be weighed,” the appeals court said, noting that the original court “erred in principle” for basing part of its decision on a ban on that ruling. Samsung is allowed to resume sales of the tablet beginning on December 2nd, Bloomberg noted. “The ruling clearly affirms that Apple’s legal claims lack merit,” Samsung spokesman Nam Ki Yung remarked. Read on for more.

Apple is still accusing Samsung of copying its products. “This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we’ve said many times before, we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas,” an Apple spokesperson wrote in an email to Bloomberg. Apple is also seeking to ban the Galaxy Tab 10.1N in Germany, a tweaked model that was released after the original was banned, and similar lawsuits between the two companies are taking place in a number of countries around the globe.

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