Samsung Wins Early Australia Trial on Apple Claim
Posted in: Mobile & Wireless at 15/11/2011 17:39
Samsung Electronics Co., embroiled in patent disputes with Apple Inc. around the globe, won an early trial on its claim that the iPhone and iPad 2 in Australia infringe its patents on 3G wireless transmissions.
Australia Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett today ordered that a trial on Samsung's claims be held in March. Cupertino, California-based Apple had opposed an early trial, with its lawyer Stephen Burley saying the company needed more time to prepare the case and favored a hearing in August.
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Samsung case against iPhone 4S to be heard in March
An Australian court has agreed to hear in March a case brought by Samsung Electronics to ban sales of Apple's latest iPhone - though sales will be allowed to continue as normal ahead of the full hearing on alleged patent infringements.
Apple and Samsung have been locked in a legal battle in 10 countries involving smartphones and tablet computers as they jostle for top spot in the fast-growing markets. Apple is also Samsung's biggest customer, buying mainly chips and displays.
Separately, Samsung said it has decided not to try to block sales of the iPhone in its South Korean homeland - though it gave no clear reason.
Australia court to hear Samsung-Apple case in March
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Samsung has sought to block sales of Apple's latest iPhone 4S, which went on sale in early October, by filing preliminary sales injunction requests in four countries including Australia.
Apple v Samsung war 'might have been avoided'
Samsung says its mammoth tit-for-tat patent battle with Apple could have been avoided if the latter wasn't so trigger happy, as the Korean giant's attempt to ban sales of Apple's iPhone 4S in Australia gets set for a full court hearing in March.
In the Federal Court in Sydney today, it was decided that the patent infringement case would go to an early full hearing in March and in return Samsung would pause its attempt to temporarily ban the device between now and then.