Samsung Electronics Co is free to sell its Galaxy tablet computers in Australia after the country’s highest court yesterday dismissed rival Apple’s appeal in its global patent battle.
The High Court had temporarily banned sales of the Galaxy pending a final decision on whether to allow Apple Inc, creator of the iPad and iPhone, to appeal a lower court ruling in favor of Samsung.
Following the ruling, Samsung said in a statement that its Galaxy Tab 10.1 “would be available in stores in time for the Christmas shopping period.”
Apple took Samsung to court in Australia after accusing the South Korean company of copying its iPad and iPhone. In October, a judge ordered Samsung to halt sales of the Galaxy ahead of a trial. Samsung went back to court, challenged the decision and won the right to resume sales.
Apple immediately appealed that decision to the High Court, which granted a temporary injunction pending a final decision.
The battle began in April, when Cupertino, California-based Apple sued Samsung in the US, alleging the product design, user interface and packaging of Samsung’s Galaxy devices “slavishly copy” the iPhone and iPad.
Samsung responded by filing its own lawsuits that accused Apple of patent infringement of its wireless telecommunications technology.
The fight has spread to 10 countries, with courts in several nations — including Germany and the Netherlands — ruling in favor of Apple.