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Apple wins injunction against Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales in Australia

Final hearing expected next year

Samsung has been temporarily banned from selling its tablet PC, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, in Australia, following legal action by Apple.

At the beginning of August, Apple approached Australian courts in a bid to obtain an injunction that would prevent Samsung from selling the device in the country.

Apple claimed the tablet PC infringed 13 patents relating to the iPad, three of which related to the touchscreen technology including one which covered "selective rejection" technology ensuring accidental touches to the iPad don't result in programs being launched.

"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 said at the time.

Samsung voluntarily agreed to postpone the Australian launch of the device until the case had been heard and a decision made. Samsung approached Apple with a settlement, in a bid to speed up a verdict in the case. However the tech giant rejected it and continued with the legal action

Justice Annabelle Bennett granted the injunction this week in the New South Wales Federal Court this week.

"I am satisfied that it is appropriate to grant an interim injunction," Justice Bennett said, although she is not expected to reveal her reasons behind granting the injunction until tomorrow (Friday October 14).

A final hearing on the case isn't expected to take place until next year and could cause an issue for Samsung, who revealed last week if a decision was not issued by mid-October, the device would be viewed as "commercially dead" in Australia.

Samsung said it "will take all necessary measures including legal action in order to ensure our innovative products are available to consumers".

"This is a part of our ongoing legal proceeding against Apple's claim."

Australia is just one of nine countries Apple is taking legal action against Samsung in. Samsung has retailed with its own patent infringing lawsuits in some cases and as a result more than 20 lawsuits in various countries across the globe have been filed.

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