Samsung a few weeks ago agreed not to sell or advertise its Galaxy Tab 10.1 device in Australia before September 30th, which is when an official hearing on the patent dispute between Apple and Samsung was set to take place. Now comes word that Australia’s Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett may grant a temporary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to afford her more time to review Apple and Samsung’s respective arguments.
Consequently, Samsung’s flagship tablet may not show up in Australian shores for yet another month. This can’t be good news for Samsung who has already suffered patent-related setbacks in both Germany and the Netherlands.
Seeing as how a amicable resolution between the two companies is unlikely, Bennett tried to stress that both companies should move towards a trial as soon as possible
“Technology moves very quickly, ” Bennett explained. “It would be in both sides’ interest to have this matter finalized quickly.”
Under usual circumstances it would take “well into next year” to resolve the patent dispute, [Samsung lawyer] Catterns said. Apple would be prepared to go to trial next week, [Apple lawyer] Burley told the judge.
Catterns said that by the time the patent dispute is resolved at trial, Apple would be selling the iPad 9.
Somewhat comically, Samsung told Justice Bennett that Apple wants to prevent sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 because they’re afraid of how thin it is.