Samsung has pledged its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet will see local release in the near future and following an injunction against the promotion and sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringes 10 Apple patents, including the look and feel and touchscreen technology of the iPad. The Australian injunction is necessary because Samsung has had announcements of an imminent launch of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 device ongoing since July 20 and Apple is basing claim on a U.S. version of the Galaxy tablet, which is different from the one that will be sold in Australia……………
Following Sunday’s report that Apple and Samsung had come to an agreement in a federal court in Australia to have Samsung not sell the U.S. version of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the country, Samsung has confirmed the agreement. A Samsung spokesperson responded to Android-focused blog Austdroid, noting that the company’s plans to release a version of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 for the Australian market “in the near future”:
Apple Inc. filed a complaint with the Federal Court of Australia involving a Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 variant that Samsung Electronics had no plans of selling in Australia. No injunction was issued by the court and the parties in the case reached a mutual agreement which stipulates that the variant in question will not be sold in Australia.
A Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 for the Australian market will be released in the near future.
This undertaking does not affect any other Samsung smartphone or tablet available in the Australian market or other countries.
Samsung will continue to actively defend and protect our intellectual property to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communication business.
That statement obviously does not go into detail about what changes will be made to that device in order to keep Apple from going on the legal offensive once again. Bloomberg reported that Samsung agreed to provide Apple three samples of its tablet ahead of it going on sale, which Apple can review to make sure there’s no violation of its intellectual property, including patented technology or design and trademark flourishes. The original dispute between the two companies began with a lawsuit filed by Apple against Samsung in the U.S. back in April. In that suit, Apple alleged that Samsung was violating its intellectual property in the design of its mobile devices, specifically the Galaxy series smartphones and tablets and other smartphones. Samsung later countersued against Apple, saying the company was infringing on multiple patents.
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