The Galaxy Tab 10.1 launch Down Under has been pushed back till September 30, thanks to some renewed efforts on part of Apple to keep the Tab 10.1 from action in Australia. The Samsung tablet was originally planned to be launched on September 12. Hearing of the case has been slated for the last week of September at the Federal Court under Judge Annabelle Bennett. She also mentioned that only after the hearing would it be clear if there was need for an injunction or not.
“Samsung has agreed to delay the launch of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 pending the court’s decision in the week commencing September 26, 2011,” it said in a statement. “It should be noted that the court has not issued an injunction against the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the court did not make any ruling during today’s hearing.”
There was supposed to be a difference between the Tab 10.1 meant for sale in Australia compared to that available in the US market. Samsung seems to have changed the interface in the Australian Tab 10.1 with a custom TouchWiz interface but Apple seems to the least interested. Its attorney Steve Burley states that Samsung have merely reduced the functionality of its device which Samsung is contesting as false and baseless accusations.
Right now Samsung is at the losing end of this legal battle with Apple. There is a ban on Samsung’s Tab 10.1 in Germany by a court injunction and so is the case in Holland as well. Australia appears to be following the same path as of now and it would be in October that the US action would be seen. Samsung is just not able to work up a strong defense.
Samsung’s endeavor to cite Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 as the prior art and also trying to prove that the iPad and Galaxy Tab designs are just naturals is not holding enough water in court. They have even lost out in Germany with the depiction of their distorted visual evidence.