August 1, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
The battle between Apple and Samsung over alleged patent infringements in the Samsung Galaxy line of products has claimed its first victim: Australian consumers. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which was to be released in Australia soon, will not go on sale until the patent issue is resolved, reports Bloomberg News.
Samsung has agreed not to advertise or sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia until a court approves the device to ship to stores or the pending lawsuit brought by Apple is resolved. That means Australians who may have been interested in Samsung’s first Android Honeycomb tablet will have to wait indefinitely while Apple and Samsung duke it out in courts.
Apple alleges that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and other Samsung Android products infringe on 10 patents, as well as imitate the design, look, and overall experience of Apple’s iPhone and iPad. Samsung counters that Apple’s products violate its intellectual property, and even argued that the GTab to be sold in Australia is not the same device on sale in the United States. In Australia, Samsung will sell the Tab 10.1v, which is the bulkier version shown at Mobile World Congress rather than the slimmer, iPad-resembling Tab 10.1 in U.S. stores now.
The issue will be revisited August 29 when a Federal Court of Australia reviews the case and sets a trial date. At the moment, anyone waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will continue waiting. There’s no word what will happen to people who pre-ordered the device.