The battle of the tech giants rumbles on this week, with Samsung scoring a rare blow against its heavyweight opponent Apple.
A court in Australia has overturned a ban on the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. Apple secured a sales ban back in October, accusing Samsung of ‘blatantly copying’ the iPad’s touch screen technology.
At the time of the ban, Apple said: “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.”
But Samsung have since redesigned the tablet, leading to an overturning over the ban just in time for Christmas. The Galaxy tab will be available in Australia from Friday 2 December.
Samsung Galaxy Tab
“Samsung Electronics Australia is pleased with today’s unanimous decision by the Federal Court to lift the preliminary injunction on sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1,” the tech giant said in a statement released today.
“We believe the ruling clearly affirms that Apple’s legal claims lack merit.”
This is the latest development in an ongoing feud between the top electronics companies, which has so far seen legal action in ten countries around the world.
Both companies have accused each other of patent infringements, to varying degrees of success.
Apple has filed complaints against Samsung in the US, and has won an injunction in Germany to stop Samsung from selling its tabs. Also, legal action in Holland over Samsung’s smartphones forced the Korean manufacturer to modify some of its devices.
But Apple is not just the victim in this war of the patents. Samsung has called for a sales ban of Apple’s iPhone 4S in both Japan and Australia.
Samsung claim the iPhone 4S infringes several of its patents, including ones covering user interface and wireless 3G technology.