Apple Turns Down Samsung’s Bid to Settle Galaxy Tab Lawsuit Down Under



Samsung’s desperate bid to save its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Australia has been turned down by Apple, and could mean that one of the iPad’s biggest Android rival never sees its launch down under.

It’s still unclear what Samsung actually offered Apple to settle the dispute, other than it would “help ensure an expedited court hearing,” but it clearly wasn’t enough for the Cupertino company. Apple’s attorney, Steven Burley, told the Federal Court today that it will see this dispute through to the end:

“It is one we don’t accept and there is no surprise. The main reason we are here is to prevent the launch (of the Galaxy 10.1) and maintain the status quo.”

A Samsung lawyer told the court that a settlement is “not going to be achievable…given the positions advanced by each party.”

Samsung has agreed to remove two features from its tablet that are allegedly guilty of infringing Apple’s patents, so there is still some hope for the Galaxy Tab in Australia just yet. The Korean electronics giant has also vowed to do its best to get the device launched:

“We’re willing to pull out all the stops to get it out by mid-October. We’re absolutely desperate.”

If it does launch, however, this may mean Australians get a slightly watered-down version of the device.

[via The Next Web]



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