Apple secures ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia

Move comes after Cupertino rejects deal with Sammy

As the legal wrangling continues, Australia follows Germany in implementing a ban on sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which Apple says too closely resembles its best-selling iPad 2.

Apple has managed to secure a preliminary ban of sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, just weeks after winning a similar case in Germany. Sammy says it may not bother trying to relaunch the tablet down under, as it would be outdated by the time legal proceedings were finished.

The result will be a major blow for Samsung, which is already on the back foot in its wide-ranging legal tussle with Cupertino. The judge in the case said, “…there were several factors that favoured Apple."

Apple had said that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 would be promoted viciously if allowed to go on sale, harming iPad 2 sales. Cupertino claims the slimline tablet is heavily inspired by the iPad 2, with many of the same features.

In a statement, Samsung said, “Samsung will continue its legal proceeding against Apple's claim in order to ensure our innovative products remain available to consumers.” Things aren’t looking good for Samsung though. A similar hearing is due in the US soon. A ban there would seriously damage its tablet prospects and may lead to the whole case having to be settled in Apple’s favour.

Via Sydney Morning Herald