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How do you like them Apples?

13 October 2011

A preliminary injunction has been granted in Australia as part of a global intellectual property rights battle between Apple and Samsung.

The two technology giants, both global leaders within the smartphone market, are now battling it out within the rapidly expanding market for personal tablets.

As of April 2011, Apple initiated lawsuits alleging patent infringement for the use of touch screen technology. The claims specifically concern the iPad and Galaxy Tab 10.1, with legal action spanning 10 different countries.

The most recent development concerns a decision taken today (13 October 2011) by Judge Bennett. The judge granted a temporary injunction on the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 within Australia, prohibiting participation in the upcoming Christmas sales.

This is yet another victory for Apple, with similar rulings given in Germany and the Netherlands. Despite this, the conflict seems unlikely to die down, as Samsung has threatened injunctions to ban sales of the new iPhone 4S in France and Germany.

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