Dispute Delays Australian Launch of Galaxy Tab

Lora Bentley

BBC News reports the patent war between Apple and Samsung has impacted the Australian launch of the latest Samsung Galaxy Tab. In an Aug. 1 hearing, the companies' attorneys agreed to delay the launch of the U.S. Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia until Apple has a chance to ensure that it does not violate the same patents older U.S. versions allegedly violate.

 

Apple claims the Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringes 10 different patents, the story says, most of which concern touch screen technology. Settlement negotiations continue between the two, and Samsung is reportedly still working on a version of the tablet computer that will launch exclusively in Australia and is not at issue in the continuing dispute.

 

 

The product launch delay is just the latest in a long-running battle between the two smartphone and tablet computer makers. Most recently, the Samsung CTO responsible for the Galaxy line left his post, and Apple's chief intellectual property counsel announced he would move on. Before that, each company filed separate complaints with the International Trade Commission alleging patent infringement by the other and requesting an import ban on its rival's products.

 

Unless settlement negotiations on all the issues prove fruitful, it will be a long while before this fight is over.



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