About a month ago, Apple got approval for a temporary ban against Samsung tablets in Australia. Australia became the first market to see Apple win over Samsung in the patent dispute between the two companies. Samsung agreed to delaying the launch of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the country and provide Apple with samples of a version of the device specific for that country at least one week ahead of the launch.
Today, The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Samsung has again agreed to delay the launch of the device in Australia. The company was originally set to launch the Galaxy Tab on September 12th, but now the date has been pushed back to September 30th. The agreement was made after Samsung provided Apple with samples of the Australian version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Apple undoubtely still considered Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 to still infringe upon its intellectual property rights. In addition, Apple requested new injunctions to prevent Samsung from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 until the dispute can be resolved.
Apple’s counsel said that while the modified version had “some reduced functionality” it “will still infringe”. They sought orders from the court re-affirming the previous block on sales of the US model and asked for a new order to prevent the sale of the Australian version at least until a hearing can take place at the end of September.
Samsung has also shown intresest to invalidate Apple’s design patents and will be filing claims against Apple for infringement by the iPad. A formal hearing in Apple’s case against Samsung has been scheduled for September 26th and 29th.