A new patent which could help shut down the sale of any Android product in Australia may be one of the best gifts that Steve Jobs gave to Apple. Steve Jobs had more than 300 patents with his name on it, and one of them may be instrumental in shutting down the sales of every Android device in Australia.
The Federal Court of Australia just granted Apple an interim injunction on the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia over allegations of the infringement of two patents by Samsung. Now Florian Mueller says that the patents in question are very broad, and aren’t specific to the Galaxy Tab 10.1. They could very well be used against any touchscreen Android device.
If Apple wins the case in the end, it could sue any Android device manufacturer and prevent it from selling any Android device in Australia.
Even if Samsung wins this lawsuit, it’s unlikely that it will be able to do it in time for the holiday season, which means a lot of lost sales for Samsung.
The ruling in favor of Apple could also have some impact on the decision of the U.S. court, which is expected to announce its decision soon.
Samsung, the most popular Android device manufacturer has been on the receiving end of many patent lawsuits. It recently agreed to pay licensing fees to Microsoft for every Android device sold in the U.S.
Google hasn’t been able to defend its hardware partners at all, despite acquiring Motorola for $12.5 billion, primarily for its patents.