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Apple rejects Samsung’s proposed patent settlement in Australia

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 7:30PM EST

Apple denied Samsung’s proposed deal in Australia that would allow the South Korea-based company to begin selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet there. Apple believes Samsung’s products are “copycat” versions of its iPad and iPhone, and that the touchscreen technology used in the Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringes on its patents. According to Reuters, Apple attorney Steven Burley said, “The main reason we are here is to prevent the launch of [the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1] and maintain the status quo.” Samsung agreed not to sell or advertise the tablet in Australia until the court reaches a decision, but time is running out. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be “commercially dead” if Samsung cannot get the tablet on the market by mid-October, in time for the holiday season, Samsung said. If that happens, the company’s lawyer Neil Young noted that Samsung will take its time preparing a case and will continue to fight into next year. Apple has successfully banned Samsung’s German subsidiary from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and there are similar lawsuits around the globe in Japan, France and the United States.