It’s good news for everyone who wanted to buy a Galaxy Tab 10.1 down under. People in Australia can now buy Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 as the ban on the device has been lifted and Samsung can now sell the device in Australia. Earlier this year, Apple filed an injunction against Samsung and managed to block the sales of Galaxy Tab 10.1. When the preliminary injunction was lifted after a lower court was overruled, Apple appealed in the High Court but that appeal has been rejected.
Although the ban has been lifted with immediate effect, it will still take a week or more for Samsung to ship the devices to Australia since they were not able to import it to Australia because of the ban. Holiday season is coming up and Samsung will be delighted as they will definitely sell a lot of Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the coming days. While this win will definitely add up to the profit and sales, it can also be seen as symbolic since Samsung suffered a huge blow to its image after the ban.
This isn’t the only patent war going on between tech giants. Yesterday, Samsung’s petition to block sales of iPhone 4S in France, UK and Italy was rejected. Apple earlier this year managed to get a ban on Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany when Samsung’s lawyer wasn’t able to differentiate between the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and iPad2. However, Motorola managed to win a lawsuit against Apple’s product that have GPRS in Germany. If Motorola goes ahead with the lawsuit, they might be able to get the sale of Apple’s product banned in Germany. A lawsuit filed by Apple against Samsung is still pending in the US and in many ways is the most important one.
With all these patent wars and lawsuit in process, we don’t know which product will be banned in which nation, but if you live in Australia “It’s time to Tab”.