As we all know by now, Apple and Samsung are in a patent battle. A week ago, it was reported that Steve Jobs was said to have contacted Samsung in July of 2010, initiating negotiations between the two companies regarding the patent disputes. The effort proved to be unsuccessful, which caused Apple to file mutiple patent lawsuits against Samsung.
At present, Apple is seeking an injunction against Samsung preventing the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Samsung agreed to delay the device’s launch several times as the injunction was being considered by the court. Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that Samsung’s lawyers had proposed a deal to Apple that would allow Samsung to launch its delayed Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia as soon as next week. Samsung’s proposed deal was not disclosed to the court.
Now, Reuters reports that Apple has rejected that offer from Samsung that would have allowed the company to release its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.
“It is one we don’t accept and there is no surprise. The main reason we are here is to prevent the launch (of the Galaxy 10.1) and maintain the status quo,” Apple attorney Steven Burley told the Federal Court.
Apple is currently involved in legal disputes against Android handset makers, including Samsung and HTC. Samsung has fired back with its own lawsuits, which has caused the two companies to be involved in lawsuits spread across four continents. Apple has recently won cases against both Samsung and HTC.