After a long drawn battle against Apple in Australia, Samsung has finally won, and is now free to import and sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. The decision came in Samsung’s favor just in time for the Christmas holiday season, which should help sales of the tablet.
The panel of judges dismissed Apple’s request for special leave to appeal a Federal Court decision which stated that the ban wasn’t terribly fairto Samsung.
Adding insult to injury, the court also ordered Apple to pay Samsung’s legal costs for the entire proceedings.
Samsung officially stated:
“Samsung Electronics Australia is pleased with today’s judgement by the High Court of Australia to deny Apple’s request to appeal the decision of the Full Court. The Full Court of Australia decision on 30 November clearly affirmed our view that Apple’s claims lack merit and that an injunction should not have been imposed on the Galaxy Tab 10.1.”
Apple’s hasn’t had a very good week, when it comes to lawsuits. Even Motorola won a patent ruling against Apple in Germany today, which could force Apple to pay licensing fees to Motorola to license a GPRS patent for its iPhone and iPad.
Samsung is involved in patent lawsuits with Apple in multiple countries across the world. It has also built up a $200 million war chest, specifically to fight Apple.