Amidst earlier reports saying that Apple has blocked the sale of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets in Australia, a Samsung official has clarified that no such blockage is actually in place–not even from the Federal Court of Australia.
In an emailed statement to Ausdroid, an unnamed Samsung official confirmed that Australian courts have not issued any injunction order in relation to the pending case between Apple and Samsung over a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 variant that Samsung had no plans of selling in Australia.
The Samsung official said,
“Apple Inc. filed a complaint with the Federal Court of Australia involving a Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 variant that Samsung Electronics had no plans of selling in Australia. No injunction was issued by the court and the parties in the case reached a mutual agreement which stipulates that the variant in question will not be sold in Australia.
A Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 for the Australian market will be released in the near future.
This undertaking does not affect any other Samsung smartphone or tablet available in the Australian market or other countries.
Samsung will continue to actively defend and protect our intellectual property to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communication business.”
The tablet variant, apparently, is the one that Apple is claiming to have infringed on Apple’s intellectual property. This means that Samsung will, in fact, be releasing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia–just not that contentious variant involved in Apple’s suit against Samsung.
The warring parties (Samsung and Apple)–at least their Australian counterparts–have also entered into a “mutual agreement” in which Samsung has agreed not to sell in Australia Galaxy Tab 10.1 variant that Apple originally complained about–at least not until the lawsuit is resolved.
Another Samsung official based in Seoul told Reuters, “”It is not that we will not sell the Galaxy Tab until the legal case ends. We will sell it when certain conditions are met as we continue talks with Apple.”
The Australian courts will review the status of the local suit on August 29. Depending on the outcome, the court may set a trial date.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is supposed to be launched in Australia on August 11, although the date is not yet final, according to a Samsung spokesperson.
As to when Australia will finally see the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, we can’t say for certain yet. Although, hopes are high that Samsung will definitely be releasing one–albeit a variant.
Are you, our Australian readers, as eagerly awaiting the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 as North Americans are awaiting the Samsung Galaxy S II?