Apple to Samsung in Australia: No Deal

Apple isn’t interested in Samsung’s deal offer in their ongoing patent legal battle in Australia. Samsung had hoped Apple would accept its proposal to remove some features from its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet so it could bring the product to market in the country.

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Without the prospect of a quick settlement, Samsung’s legal team said the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia is “commercially dead,” according to Reuters.

“If we can’t get a decision out by mid-October, there is no urgency,” said Samsung attorney Neil Young.

Apple and Samsung have been locked in a legal battle over patent infringement claims for several months. Both companies have alleged that the other’s mobile devices use patented technologies without proper licensing, and have filed lawsuits against each other in the U.S. and other countries.

A German court recently upheld an injunction blocking the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the country. Samsung has filed an appeal in hopes of overturning that ruling. Apple was also awarded a temporary injunction through a Dutch court blocking the sale of some Galaxy devices in the European Union.

Samsung previously agreed to keep its Galaxy Tab 10.1 out of Australia until the beginning of October while a judge reviewed the case, and now potentially faces a court-ordered ban on the tablet thanks to a request from Apple for an injunction.

Apple’s legal team looks ready to take the patent fight to trial, regardless of any Samsung deal offers and keep the Galaxy Tab 10.1 off store shelves in Australia. “The main reason we are here is to prevent the launch and maintain the status quo,” said Apple lawyer Steven Burley.