The battle of legal wits between Apple and Samsung in the Australian courts continue. Samsung had appealed against the injunction that prohibited it from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in that country. The federal court had also ruled in favor of Samsung on Wednesday, paving the way for Samsung to flood the markets with the 10 inch tablet from Friday itself. However, as things have turned out, Apple has again played spoilsport to what many had stated as an early Christmas gift for Samsung. For, Apple has in the meantime managed to secure another injunction from the court which extends the ban till 09 Dec.
So while this latest development is enough to frustrate Samsung, many believe there are signs that Apple is losing its steam. LIke Peter Black, an IP law expert said, “I actually don’t think there is a huge amount to read into this. It would not have been logistically possible for the High Court or Apple and Samsung to hear the special leave application this week … so it’ll be heard next week.”
However, with the next episode of the Samsung vs Apple court battle Down Under all set to be underway on Dec 09, all of this will surely add up to Samsung’s financial woes while its tablet continue to be kept away from the market. More so as its the holiday season now underway and shopping is at the top of everybody’s mind.
Samsung surely will be interested in getting to an end of this legal tangle and ensure its Galaxy Tab 10.1 gets a proper audience in Australia. The higher courts in Australia, who had passed the last judgment in favor of Samsung would also like to see the reasons for their judgment being appealed against and being sustained even though temporarily. It therefore seems that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 may find their place in the stores before the holiday season begins.
The Apple vs Samsung legal battle is being fought in 10 countries with Apple having the upper hand in all of them except the last judgement in Australia where the injunction was quashed only to be re-imposed within just days.