Australian Court Lifts Ban on Galaxy Tab Sales

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In October, an Australian judge granted Apple's request for a temporary injunction against the sale of Samsung's Galaxy tablets in the country. Friday, that injunction may be lifted.


The dispute Down Under is just a small segment of the massive legal battle between the companies over the design of their smartphones and tablet computers. It currently spans at least 10 countries. According to Reuters, a federal court in Australia decided to lift the lower court's ban, but gave Apple until Friday to decide whether it will further appeal the decision.


If the decision stands, it comes just in time for Samsung to make the most of the Christmas shopping season, analysts say. Though access to the Australian market may not mean a huge bump in sales, Samsung says the decision indicates that Apple's infringement claims are not as strong as the company's legal team would like everyone to believe.


There's little doubt that Apple will appeal given how aggressively it has pursued these issues across the globe. Just this week, the company filed suit in Germany to ban sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1N. Samsung introduced the reworked tablet after a German court banned sales of version 10.1.

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