Apple Halts Samsung Galaxy Tab Launch Down Under
An interesting twist in Apple’s ongoing intellectual property battle with Samsung. Though hostilities continue apace, the two companies have reached something of an accord in Australia. Samsung has agreed not to market or sell its Galaxy Tab 10.1 there unless it wins court approval to do so. And in return Apple has promised to pay Samsung unspecified damages, should Apple lose the patent infringement lawsuit it has brought against Samsung.
The deal stops short of the imminent launch of the Tab 10.1 in Australia and gives Apple a chance to review that version of the device, which differs from the one sold in the United States. Evidently Samsung believes it’s got a better chance of fending off Apple’s assault using the unreleased Australian version of the tablet, rather than the one it brought to market in the States earlier this summer. But what does that mean for the company’s patent suit in the U.S.?
“Apparently, Samsung didn’t want to take its chances trying to defend its U.S. product in the Australian court,” Florian Mueller observes over at FOSS Patents. “Instead, Samsung hopes to defend its Australian version. But this does appear pretty weak. If Samsung believed that the U.S. version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 doesn’t infringe any of Apple’s rights, it would have defended itself as a matter of principle.”