Apple Scores Legal Win over Samsung in Australia

Apple has finally able to won a long lasted legal battle over Samsung in Australia. The Federal Court has issued an order banning the sales of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the Australian continent, reported The Sydney Morning Herald – an Australian newspaper, in one its online post.

It was announced by the Federal Court of Australia that Apple’s claims of infringement over Samsung proved right as a result Apple has been granted an interim injunction to restrict Samsung from vending its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australian market. The legal battle started when Apple filed a lawsuit in court over Samsung attempt of infringing two of its patents, including touchscreen and multi-touch technology. Previously, Samsung also offered to reduce multi-touch technology functionality in its tablet which Apple refused to accept.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported:

The Federal Court has granted Apple an injunction to block tech rival Samsung from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.

Apple is suing Samsung for patent infringement, arguing the firm “slavishly” copied its market-leading iPad tablet.

Justice Annabelle Bennett today said Apple had a prima facie case that Samsung had infringed two of its patents relating to touch screens and the gestures that control them.

It was back in April when the dispute began to take some heat between Apple and Samsung when Apple sued Samsung in United States and since then it had filed a suit against Samsung in several countries. A Korean electronics company in response countersued Apple in multiple countries. Currently, Samsung’s Galaxy S II is on interim injunction in more than 30 European countries. The sales of Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Tab are already blocked in Germany

According to Apple, the major reason behind the lawsuits was Samsung’s menial emulation of their iPhone and iPad devices. Apple explains that the only concern we have is the way Samsung making its products look, work and hint like our products.

After having the court’s verdict, Samsung expressed its discontent and disappointment over the court’s orders:

“Samsung will continue its legal proceeding against Apple’s claim in order to ensure our innovative products remain available to consumers,”

Apple expressed its feelings as:

It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging. This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.

Apple and Samsung, both are major companies and disputes like these must not be good for their reputation. There is a need to take some solid steps to prevent such unpleasant infringement cases. There must be given a choice to customers rather than restricting them by minimizing the competition in the market.

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