Apple sued Samsung a few months ago for patent infringement related to the Galaxy line of devices. It alleged that Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphone and Galaxy Tab tablets were infringing on multiple Apple patents and that Samsung had slavishly copied the iPhone and the iPad in creating these devices.
Samsung had fired back with its own counter-suit claiming that even Apple had infringed on its patents. It had also demanded prototypes of the iPhone 5 and the iPad 3 from Apple in a rather amusing move, which was denied. While the legal tussle is still going on in the U.S., Apple has managed to get a temporary injunction against Samsung in Australia.
Samsung will have to stop advertising and selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet in Australia until a final decision or settlement is made between the two parties.
Samsung will also have to provide Apple with three samples of the Australian version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 a week before it plans to start selling it in the country. The next hearing is scheduled for August 29.
In case Apple loses the lawsuit, it will have to pay damages to Samsung for the lost potential sales.
Sorry, Australian Android fans, you won’t be getting your hands on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 for at least another month.