Samsung offers deal to Apple in Australia dispute

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been barred from being sold in Australia as part of the company's patent lawsuit fight with Apple. Now it looks like Samsung is willing to offer Apple some kind of concession to get its Android-powered tablet on store shelves in that country. News.com reports that Samsung told a Federal Court in Sydney today that it has offered a deal to Apple that would allow the Galaxy Tab 10.1 be sold in Australia as early as next week if Apple accepts the deal. No details of that agreement were revealed.

This is just the latest chapter in the legal battle between Apple and Samsung, with Apple claiming that devices like the Galaxy Tab have violated Apple's patents in terms of Samsung's user interfaces and design for some of its smartphones and tablets. The two companies have waged this legal war over several fronts around the world over the past several months. In August, Apple convinced a judge in Australia to ban the sale of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in that country as part of its legal fight.

While Samsung may be dealing with all of these court battles with Apple, it is still releasing new versions of its Galaxy Tab family of tablets. Today, Samsung announced plans to release the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. This 7-inch 1024 x 600 resolution touch screen tablet has a 1.2 Ghz processor inside running Android 3.2. It also has 1 GB of RAM, a three megapixel rear camera, a two megapixel front facing camera, support for WiFi and 3G wireless options and more. The tablet will go on sale in Indonesia and Austria by the end of October but there's no word on when it might show up in the US. Pricing was not announced.

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It's a wonder they don't just redesign the Galaxy Tab or a future Tab so it doesn't resemble Apple's at all. Plenty of Tablets resemble Apple's, but only Samsung gets it in the neck because it's too much of a threat to them.

Apple gets a lot of its components from Samsung, their IPS displays especially. I'd guess that this deal might involve giving them a better price on components, increasing Apple's profit margin.

techbeck said,

I hope that was sarcasm.

No, it was not. Microsoft extorts for alleged patents no one knows what they are, Apple defend its patents in the open, in court , and wins (for the time being)

techbeck said,

I hope that was sarcasm.

No, it was not. Microsoft extorts for alleged patents no one knows what they are, Apple defend its patents in the open, in court , and wins (for the time being)

alexalex said,

No, it was not. Microsoft extorts for alleged patents no one knows what they are, Apple defend its patents in the open, in court , and wins (for the time being)

Apple has "won" in a few places. So saying Samsung is should pay 3xs as much is just play stupid and ignorant. I have said some stupid **** before, I admit....but this tops it. For a case that has been won in a few places, there is no basis to say that Samsung should pay 3xs as much as what others pay MS.

Other countries are folding on Apples pressure while the US and the UK are asking for Apples sales numbers to determine if they are losing anything or not. I would take that over pressure cavers any day as people who cave under pressure are a bunch of wusses who do not want to or cannot stand up to anyone.

And if MS "extorts" for alleged patents and gets the money...then its not alleged as all...its fact. So get your **** straight. If companies didnt want to pay MS, like Samsung, they would fight them like they are Apple

alexalex said,

No, it was not. Microsoft extorts for alleged patents no one knows what they are, Apple defend its patents in the open, in court , and wins (for the time being)

Have you ever considered that companies pay Microsoft for valid patents, and refuse to pay Apple for ridiculous ones?

how silly would be better to keep fighting them since settling doesn't exactly give a good precedence and reflects the outcome probably elsewhere.