Judges Lift Ban On Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

  • Can’t be sold until 4pm Friday
  • Apple wants to appeal to higher court
  • Samsung wants units on the shelf ASAP

A Court of Appeals judge has lifted the ban on Samsung selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1, which was banned from sale by a federal court judge in October this year after Apple sued the Korean-based manufacturer over a variety of patent issues.

Tablets, or slates as they are sometimes called, have turned out to be a lucrative market with Apple’s iPad and iPad2 leading the way. When the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was announced Apple decided to sue Samsung in Australia and Germany as test cases, and depending on the result, do the same in bigger markets such as the United States.

Apple has long contended that some of the technology in the Galaxy Tab belongs to them, and therefore Samsung should not be allowed to sell their product. Samsung counterclaim is that their product is far superior and that Apple is more worried about the competition than any technology-related issues.

 This is just one of many lawsuits that are happening in the technology space, but doesn’t stop the likes of Samsung producing a plethora of parts for Apple’s iPad.

Official Statement From Samsung

"Samsung Electronics Australia is pleased with today’s unanimous decision by the Federal Court to lift the preliminary injunction on sales of the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1.  We believe the ruling clearly affirms that Apple’s legal claims lack merit. 

We will make an announcement regarding the market availability of the GALAXY Tab 10.1 in Australia shortly."

Update 2/12

The High Court has said it will make a decision as to whether Apple can appeal the latest decision on Friday December 9.