The patent war between Apple and Samsung has intensified. That didn’t stop Samsung from peacefully going to the table and trying to negotiate with Apple in Australia though. Samsung had said that they would consider amicably resolving a possible injunction down under with Apple. Samsung went as far as to suggest they would take out some of the features in question in a specially designed Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for Australian users.
Apple today, rejected that proposal.
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“It is one we don’t accept and there is no surprise. The main reason we are here is to prevent the launch (of the Galaxy 10.1) and maintain the status quo,” Apple lawyer Steven Burley told the court.
Samsung’s offer involved withdrawing two features from the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. That made the patent issue over just one issue which involves touch-screen display technology which of course without it, would render the Galaxy Tab useless. The US Patent office rejected an Apple patent after years of consideration for multi-touch technology. Apparently Apple will defend their remaining touch-screen patents vigorously.
Apple’s reaction in court today may have actually stemmed from the fact that the judge in the US court case just allowed letters in support of Samsung to be entered into the court from US carriers Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile (see story below)