Samsung wins appeal on tablet sales

Wednesday, November 30th 2011. | Gadget News

SAMSUNG has won its fight against a court order banning the sale of its Galaxy tablet computer in Australia, but rival electronics maker Apple has already foreshadowed a High Court appeal in the case it launched earlier this year.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

A full bench of the Federal Court unanimously reversed a Federal Court judge’s ruling last month that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 be banned from sale in Australia. But as the judgment was being handed down in Sydney, Apple was granted a short stay, meaning that Samsung will not be able to sell its tablet until 4pm tomorrow.

Samsung lawyer Peter Chalk opposed the stay, saying it served ”to prolong the injustice held against Samsung”.

The decision to uphold Samsung’s appeal is a boost for the company before Christmas.

Apple and Samsung have been locked in an acrimonious battle in 10 countries involving smartphones and tablets since April, with the Australian dispute centring on touch-screen technology used in Samsung’s new tablet. The legal battle in Australia does not stop at tablet computers.

Samsung has sought to block sales of Apple’s iPhone 4S, which went on sale in early October.

Sales are allowed to continue before a court hearing in March.

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