Apple’s worldwide court battles against Samsung: where they stand and what they mean

29 08 2011

August 29, 2011

Samsung has once again delayed the release of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia to evade an injunction against the device in that country. Samsung may be attempting to find workarounds to avoid violating Apple’s Australian patents, but for now it is delaying the launch until at least September 30, just days after scheduled hearings from an Australian federal magistrate.

This follows news from late last week when a German judge upheld an injunction barring Samsung’s German subsidiary from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the European Union, even though a Dutch court disagreed on the validity of Apple’s registered Community Design. Still, the Dutch court did issue an injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphones based on an Apple patent for photo management on a mobile device. Samsung has until October 13 to find a workaround for that infringement, which may simply require a software update for an included photo gallery app.

With three limited wins under its belt, some analysts are perhaps prematurely predicting that Samsung may settle. We thought it might be worthwhile to summarize where cases stand in Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, and the US before making some predictions of our own.


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