KOREAN ELECTRONICS GIANT Samsung is celebrating a victory in its ongoing patent battle with Apple after an Australian court lifted a ban on the sale of its Galaxy tablet.
According to Reuters, the Australian High Court ruling will allow Samsung to offer its tablet for sale in Oz during the crucial weeks leading up to Chistmas. Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been banned in the Australian market at Apple's request since late July.
Also in Australia, sales of Apple's Iphone 4S have been allowed to continue after a court agreed to hear a patent infringement case brought by Samsung in March.
The battle hasn't always gone Samsung's way. Yesterday Samsung failed to get a court order to block sales of Apple's Iphone 4S in France after a Paris court rejected Samsung's request for an emergency order against Apple while a trial of the Korean firm's patent infringement claims is pending.
The French court ruled also that Samung must pay $134,100 in legal fees, but denied Apple's request for damages.
Samsung has been trying to get sales of the Iphone 4S banned in the UK, Italy and France as part of its worldwide tit for tat patent battle with Apple.
A hearing on Samsung's Italian lawsuit will be held on 16 December in Milan.
At the start of this week, we reported that Apple had failed to get a ban on Samsung products in the US.
Perhaps the two companies will eventually realise that they are fighting a patents war that hurts both of them. µ