Galaxy Tab Ban in Australia Lifted Just in Time for Holiday Shopping

Lora Bentley
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New tablets that are looking to compete with the iPad.

Samsung's Galaxy Tabs are back on the market in Australia, according to Technobloom. The design of the tablet computer, and its similarity to the iPad's design, are the subject of long-running and contentious litigation.


Apple previously secured a temporary restraining order against the sale of the Samsung offering in Australia. On Dec. 10, however, High Court Chief Justice Robert French indicated that Apple had not shown that it would prevail on the merits of its case. As such, French lifted the restraining order.


The fact that the device is available to holiday shoppers is not lost on Apple I'm sure. Preventing such availability was reportedly part of the motivation for seeking the restraining order in the first place. Unfortunately for the Cupertino, Calif.-based company, news of the dispute has been so widespread that it's made "Galaxy Tab" a household name, a Samsung spokesperson told The Sydney Morning Herald. The buying public is much more aware of the device than they would have been based on Samsung's marketing efforts alone.


More important than the timing of this particular ruling, however, is its value to those who will be making similar decisions in other countries where the companies have begun litigating. Though decisions made in other jurisdictions are not binding on a court, they can certainly be persuasive.

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