Samsung beats Apple in Australia as court overturns Galaxy Tab ban

Samsung beats Apple in Australia as court overturns Galaxy Tab ban

An Australian court has overturned a ruling that had prevented Samsung from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 smartphone in the country, according to a report from Gizmodo Australia.

Following the decision, Samsung will be able to resume sales of the device in Australia from Friday just in time for Christmas. The CEO of leading retail outlet JB Hi-Fi told the Sydney Morning Herald that he is “sure [that] the Galaxy tablet will be a successful product” and that the company will begin stocking the device as soon as possible.

Today’s decision reversed a court order from last month which banned the sale of the Galaxy Tab in the country. Samsung came into the trial with some momentum after it scored an early hearing date which would otherwise have taken place in March.

Apple has immediately announced is intention to appeal to decision and the issue looks to be far from over despite Samsung enjoying a rare taste of success as the two smartphone giants continue to battle across the world.

Earlier this month, Samsung u-turned on its intention to try to block sales of the iPhone 4S in its native South Korea. Statements from the firm suggested that it did not want its legal battles with Apple to reflect badly on home turf.

The ongoing global legal spat between the duo recently took a significant turn with the news that the European Commission, the legislative body of the European Union, is investigating Samsung for a possible abuse of FRAND licensing. The outcome has the potential to force the Korean firm to drop its litigation cases in Europe.

Elsewhere in Europe, Samsung previously saw a sales ban fail in Holland, the country where it was forced to modify three of its Galaxy smartphones for sale after the models were adjudged to have infringed on patents held by Apple.

Other spats continue in the US — where Apple designers will soon begin testifying— and in  Italy, as the two mobile giants continue to lock horns over the use of mobile technology patents in their respective smartphones.

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