Australians infatuated by the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will have to wait after a Federal Court in Australia granted Apple’s request for a temporary injunction against its release. The tablet will likely not be available to Australian consumers during the upcoming holiday season.
Apple accuses Samsung of “slavishly” copying their tablet (a term used in such US case law hits as Bridgeman Art Library, Ltd. v. Corel Corp.). In an official release, Apple states “It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging.” Some outside Apple have pointed out the numerous similarities between the devices and their presentations.
Justice Annabelle Bennett agreed that Apple had a prima facie case that Samsung had infringed two of its patents relating to touch screens and the gestures that control them. Noted patent blogger Florian Mueller calls the ruling “a posthumous triumph for the late Steve Jobs” as it appears to prevent all Android smartphones and tablets from all companies from launching in Australia.
For its part, Samsung states it is “confident it can prove Apple’s violation of Samsung’s wireless technology patents through a cross claim.” Meanwhile, Australians desperate for the device may be forced to look at gray market options.
In related news, Samsung ambushed the launch of the iPhone 4S by offering $2 smartphones in a temporary shop located yards away from the official Sydney Apple store. Long live rivalry!