Samsung Can't Sell the Galaxy Tab in Australia Because of Apple

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Apple has won an agreement that prohibits Samsung from selling the Galaxy Tab in Australia. Samsung has stopped advertising the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and won't sell the device in Australia...for now at least.

It's another courtroom battle in the recent war between the two companies about patent infringements. Apple alleges that Samsung's Galaxy 10.1 tablet infringes on 10 Apple patents, including the "look and feel" of the iPad. According to Bloomberg, Steven Burley, an Apple lawyer, "also wants to stop Samsung from selling the tablet in other countries" as well too.

The two companies respective lawyers reached an accord that Samsung would stop advertising the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and won't sell the device until "it wins court approval or the lawsuit is dropped." If Apple were to lose the patent infringement lawsuit, Apple would pay Samsung damages (which would presumably be loss of sales among other things). This somewhat sticky situation between sometimes partners has become truly icky between fierce competitors. Things will get uglier. [Bloomberg]


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