On Thursday, Cupertino-based tech giant Apple has been granted an injunction to block Korean electronics firm Samsung from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, after claiming that it copied Apple’s top-selling iPad tablet.
The Australian Federal Court handed down the judgement in Sydney, but noted that the reasons for its decision would be released on Friday.
Justice Annabelle Bennet said that she is satisfied that it is “appropriate to grant an interim injunction.” The judge added that Apple has established a good case in claiming that patents about the company’s touchscreen technology had been breached.
The lawyers of Apple said that users will be choosing between all Android- and iOS-based tablets, not specifically the Galaxy Tab. Samsung’s legal team then said that it couldn’t have copied the device because there were devices similar to the iPad in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
“We are disappointed with this ruling and Samsung will be seeking legal advice on its options,” said Samsung in a statement. “We will continue to legally assert our intellectual property rights against those who violate Samsung’s patents and free ride on our technology.”
The decision follows the ruling in Germany earlier this month, when a court ruled that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 copied the look and feel of the iPad. The court banned the tablet’s sale in the country.