After 4 months of painful court battle, Samsung tasted its first big success when the ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was lifted in Australia. The ban was originally lifted on 01 Dec ’11 but Apple asked for a week extension which was later granted by the Australian court.
Samsung, the biggest smartphone maker in the world welcomed the statement saying that the win clearly indicates that the Apple legal claims lack merit. They further said that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 would be launched in the Australian market this year only. Galaxy Tab 10.1 would be in the Australian market from 14th December, reports says.
On the other hand, Apple is affirmed on its state saying that its not a co-incidence that Samsung products looks very similar to Apple’s iPhone and iPad products.
It all started when Apple alleged Samsung of copying its iPhone and iPad designs, hence violating its patent rights. The court battle which started in April 15th from an American court later extended across to 9 countries of the world including Italy, France, Australia, UK, South Korea, Germany, Japan, Netherlands and United States of America (District of California). Apple won the court battle in many European countries that resulted in ban of Galaxy smartphones and Galaxy Tab 10.1. The ban is still enforced in these countries.
This one sided battle got red-hot when, Samsung fired back at Apple and slammed it for patent violation in the courts of Australia and Japan. The hearings is scheduled to start on start in March 2012.
The recent win of Samsung in Australia might mark the beginning of Samsung’s monopoly in smartphone market, coming days would give us a more clear picture.