Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett has just delivered her verdict on the temporary injuction against Samsung selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Apple has won the injunction, with the comment from the judge being that it was “appropriate” to grant a temporary injunction. Samsung’s issued its statement on the ruling, and Apple’s repeated its position from earlier in the case as its statement. This clearly won’t be the end of matters; it’s a temporary injunction and there’s always the faint possibility of a settlement between the two companies. Samsung’s representatives told Gizmodo that they’d be sending through a statement once the court had finished delivering its verdict.
Stay tuned for further developments throughout the afternoon…
Update: ZDNet is reporting that Justice Bennet saw the case as mostly evenly weighted, but ruled in Apple’s favour at least partly because Samsung wasn’t willing to present itself for an early final hearing in November. Both parties are expected to release statements, and they’re both expected back in court tomorrow for a directions hearing that’ll determine where the full patent case goes from here. [ZDNet]
Update: Samsung’s issued its statement:
Statement from Samsung Electronics
We are disappointed with this ruling and Samsung will be seeking legal advice on its options. Samsung will continue its legal proceeding against Apple‘s claim in order to ensure our innovative products remain available to consumers.
This is a part of our ongoing legal proceeding against Apple’s claim. Samsung is also confident it can prove Apple’s violation of Samsung’s wireless technology patents through a cross claim filed on September 16, 2011 with the Federal Court of Australia, New South Wales.
Our wireless standard patents are essential for mobile business. We will continue to legally assert our intellectual property rights against those who violate Samsung’s patents and free ride on our technology.
Update: ZDNet reports that Apple’s statement on the case mirrors one it made earlier in the proceedings:
It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging. This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas”
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