∞ Apple stops Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia

Sydney Morning Herald:

The Federal Court has granted Apple an injunction to block tech rival Samsung from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Apple is suing Samsung for patent infringement, arguing the firm “slavishly” copied its market-leading iPad tablet. Justice Annabelle Bennett today said Apple had a prima facie case that Samsung had infringed two of its patents relating to touch screens and the gestures that control them.

Samsung has previously told the court it would likely cancel plans to release the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia altogether should the injunction favor Apple. Missing the Christmas season would effectively kill its sales. Apple, for its part, offered a statement saying it “was no coincidence” Samsung’s products looked so much like Apple’s, and that Apple needed to protect its intellectual property when other companies stole its ideas.