Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Sales On Hold In Australia Pending Apple Action

While a trademark infringement case between Apple and Amazon has halted German Android developers from submitting apps to Amazon, a patent case in Australia between Apple and Samsung has halted sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.

According to a Bloomberg report, Samsung has been teasing a pending launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia since July 20th.  That pending launch has now been delayed indefinitely.  Samsung will have the opportunity to relaunch the Galaxy Tab 10.1 pending either the review and approval by Apple to sell an Australian version of the tablet computer, or the outcome of a patent infringement case between Apple and Samsung.

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Apple alleges that Samsung has violated 10 of their iPad related patents in Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 including the “look & feel” and the touch screen technology.  Samsung contends that the patent suit involves the version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 released in the United States and not the one headed to Australian shores.  The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 that was unveiled at Mobile World Congress and subsequently released in Europe is a little thicker and heavier than the one released in the US.  The US version was unveiled by Samsung’s former CTO, Omar Khan and Samung’s Nick DeCarlo at a press event last March at CTIA.

Samsung has submitted three versions of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to Cupertino based Apple for review.  Apple has said that if the courts rule against Apple in the patent infringement suit, they would pay Samsung damages stemming from this halt in Australian sales.

Despite on-going patent litigation Samsung Mobile USA released the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with 4G/LTE last week to Verizon Wireless. This is Verizon’s first 4G/LTE enabled tablet computer.  Verizon Wireless began offering $50 off a connected tablet purchase with the purchase of an accompanying smartphone today. That promotion runs until August 21, 2011.

Source: Bloomberg