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Apple halts release of new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Apple has halted the release of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Australia after filing a lawsuit over alleged patent infringements.

After examining the US version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Apple Australia lawyer Steven Burley said the device allegedly infringes 10 Apple patents.

Part of the Australian injunction includes an attempt to stop Samsung from selling the tablet in other countries according to Bloomberg.  

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was due to be unveiled at a media event in Sydney next week but it is unlikely the launch will still go ahead.

Samsung and Apple have become rivals in the smartphone and tablet space. Ironically Samsung is one of the component suppliers for Apple’s prodiucts including the iPhone and iPad.

Apple Australia released a statement about the dispute today.

“It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and the iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging,” an Apple Australia spokesperson said.

“This kind of blatant copying is wrong and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”

Samsung has agreed to delay the release of the product, which is said to be lighter and 0.1mm thinner than the iPad 2, until the lawsuit is decided either by court order or by settlement.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 which has been disputed by Apple because it claims it infringes up to 10 patents

While the dispute is before the courts Samsung is unable to promote the Galaxy Tab 10.1 or allow pre-orders.

Apple’s dispute centres around the touchscreen technology Samsung has used as well as the “look and feel” of the device.

Samsung will hand over three samples of the new Australian version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to Apple to study the product.

The hearing is scheduled to begin in the Federal Court on August 29.

 Part of the invitation to the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Tab launch in Sydney next week