Australian Courts Shoot Down Apple's Appeal, Samsung Rejoices
Turns out Samsung might have a happy new year down under after all.
The Australian courts shot down Apple’s appeal that would have reinstated an injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab the Australian courts recently lifted. While this doesn't mean Apple has no grounds for an appeal, it is essentially a vote of no confidence from the High Court that an appeal against an earlier Federal Court decision would succeed.
The ruling reverts to the status quo and allows Samsung to sell whatever model of the Galaxy tab they want, but Apple’s lawyers could still create headaches for Samsung. Apple and Samsung’s full hearing over the patent dispute isn’t scheduled until sometime next year, and Samsung must keep detailed records of Galaxy Tabs and Apps sold. The courts seem to have little confidence in anything coming of the suit though, noting that the short lifetime of tablets and the far out court date accompanied with the lengthy legal process would result in both parties moving on before a decision needs to be made.
Samsung announced Galaxy Tabs will be on shelves Monday morning with prices of $579 for the 16GB WiFi Galaxy Tab 10.1 and $729 for the 3G version.
Source: The Register