As the global patent war between Apple and Samsung wages on, it appears the Galaxy Tab 10.1 maker has finally seen a victory, after a panel of judges lifted a temporary ban on sales of its devices in Australia.
The full bench of the Federal Court overturned last month’s court decision to ban sales, citing such a ban would practically kill off the Tab 10.1 tablet, delivering Apple a complete victory. Samsung can’t immediately revive sales of their tablet in Australia just, as Apple has persuaded the court to delay the orders contained in the judgment until 4 p.m. Friday, Sydney time. The South Korean company will be permitted to launch the controversial tablet once again, provided it keeps accounts of all transactions involving the device in Australia or originating in Australia.
According to the report, Apple plans to appeal to the High Court in the hopes of having this decision reversed, restoring the ban.
Despite this victory, Samsung will once again face off against the iPad maker in Germany, as Apple has filed a motion to ban the sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1N, a modified model of the tablet that Samsung recently produced to overcome the ban of the original device in Germany. Apple has requested a preliminary injunction to bar sales of the revamped tablet in the European Union, with the Duesseldorf regional court scheduling a hearing on Dec. 22.
While the move has no effect on current sales and distribution of the tablet, according to Samsung, another ruling in Apple’s favor could once again hinder Samsung’s sales in Europe. The two companies have been waging a series of legal battles since April, when Apple sued Samsung in California, claiming patent infringement of its iPad and iPhone devices.