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November 29, 2011

Australian court lifts ban on Samsung Galaxy tablet

The ruling said evidence failed to show the Galaxy tablet infringed Apple's touchscreen patent

By CBR Staff Writer

Samsung can resume selling its Galaxy tablet computer in Australia after a court there decided to lift a preliminary injunction imposed on it.

But the South Korean electronics company will have to wait until Friday after Apple indicated it would appeal to the nation’s high court. The federal court had agreed to keep the injunction in place until Friday.

The ruling provides a shot in the arm to Samsung, which had shelved its plans to sell Galaxy 10.1 tablet in Australia during the holiday season.

The court’s ruling said evidence failed to show the Galaxy tablet infringed Apple’s touchscreen patent.

Currently, Samsung and Apple are locked in about 20 legal disputes in ten countries including the US, Japan and the UK.

Apple has been successful in moving to block Samsung from selling its tablets in Germany, while in the Netherlands a case has forced Samsung to modify some of its smartphone models.

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