Round One To Apple In Samsung Stoush

  • Samsung has case to answer
  • Will affect Christmas sales
  • Decision will date Samsung tablet

A Federal Court has stopped Samsung from sellings its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia – for the moment.

In a ruling this afternoon Justice Annabelle Bennett came down on the side of Apple, who had brought the case against Samsung with allegations of patent infringement. Bennett said that Samsung had a case to answer.

In a statement, Samsung said “Samsung will continue its legal proceeding against Apple's claim in order to ensure our innovative products remain available to consumers.

"This is a part of our ongoing legal proceeding against Apple's claim. Samsung is also confident it can prove Apple's violation of Samsung's wireless technology patents through a cross-claim filed on September 16, 2011 with the Federal Court of Australia, New South Wales.

"Our wireless standard patents are essential for mobile business. We will continue to legally assert our intellectual property rights against those who violate Samsung's patents and free ride on our technology."

While the case is far from over – both internationally and in Australia – the lasting effect of the court ruling means that Samsung will miss out on the lucrative Christmas market, plus the device itself will be out of date by the time the case is settled..