Australia Court to Expedite Appeal in Galaxy Tab 10.1 Ban

The judge overseeing Apple’s injunction blocking the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Australia has agreed to expedite Samsung’s appeal, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Samsung is hoping to get a reversal so it can sell its iPad competitor during the holiday buying season.

Apple’s ongoing legal battle with Samsung over mobile device patent infringement led to a temporary ban on Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales in Australia.

Samsung wants to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in AustraliaSamsung hopes to overturn Australia’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales ban quickly

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, and the company 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.

While Samsung can’t sell its own tablet in Australia, other companies are still happy to offer the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to customers in the country. Online resellers are still offering the tablet for sale, and Apple isn’t too happy about that.

Apple’s legal team has already started sending letters to companies that are selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with warnings to stop. At least some companies are ignoring the letters and continue to sell the tablet in Australia.

Thanks to the injunction blocking Samsung from selling the tablet itself, Apple could more easily get additional injunctions blocking individual resellers from putting the Galaxy Tab 10.1 into customer’s hands.

For Samsung, getting a reversal on the injunction would make it much easier to sell its tablet in Australia. Just when that might happen, however, is still up in the air since a new court date hasn’t been set yet.