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Apple rejects Samsung's peace deal

Purpose of Australian case is to 'maintain the status quo', Apple lawyer says

Apple has turned down Samsung's offer to disable some key features on its Galaxy Tab 10.1 so the device's Australian launch can go ahead.

Samsung voluntarily agreed to postpone the Australian launch of the device until the legal action, which centres on Apple's claims that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringes 10 patents relating to the iPad, had been resolved.

A verdict in the case is expected this week but Samsung had hoped to make this irrelevant by agreeing a deal with Apple that would see features such as "selective rejection" technology, which stops apps being launch accidentally when the touchscreen is pressed unintentionally, disabled.

But Reuters reports that Apple has rejected the proposed deal and wants the Federal Court in Sydney to make a ruling on the matter.

"The main reason we are here is to prevent the launch and maintain the status quo," Apple lawyer Steven Burley told the court.

Samsung is hopeful of a verdict in the next two weeks so it can launch the device in time for the run-up to Christmas. If this doesn't happen, it is reportedly prepared to let the case drag on so it can fight Apple's allegations in detail and thinks that it could take until March 2012 to prepare its defence.

Samsung had previously launched a counter-offensive in Australian courts, making its own accusations of patent infringement against Apple. It also reportedly plans to launch legal action against the next-generation iPhone when it is announced today.

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