December 9, 2011- A court in Australia has ruled that Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics can sell its Galaxy Tab tablet in Australia. Apple had sued to prevent Samsung from selling the tablet in Australia on grounds that Samsung had infringed on the design of Apple’s iPad. A court ruled initially in Samsung’s favor but ten days ago, Apple was able to get an injunction put in place while an Appeals Court heard the case.
The court overruled the injunction and gave Samsung the freedom to start selling its tablet in the country. The ruling should also give the electronics maker help in other legal battles it has with Apple in other countries such as the U.S.
Samsung was grateful for the ruling of the court and said the Galaxy Tab 10.1 would go on sale in time for the Christmas season. The court ruled that the claims by Apple did not have merit and the injunction should not have occurred. Apple had claimed that the Samsung tablet copied the look of the iPad and thus was patent infringement.
A court in San Jose, California recently denied Apple preliminary injunctions on a number of tablets and mobile phones made by Samsung. Samsung said they were confident it would prove its products are distinct in design and operational features when the two electronic behemoths battle in court in 2012.