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Defiant Samsung plans tablet release despite Apple lawsuit

Defiant Samsung plans tablet release despite Apple lawsuit
Samsung intends to release a version of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Australia in the "near future," following a court ruling that bans it from selling the device there.

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Samsung intends to release a version of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Australia in the "near future," following a court ruling that bans it from selling the device there.

Apple has won a legal battle in the Australian Federal Court preventing Samsung from selling the tablet – due to be released this month – and is demanding that all of the the stock be delivered to Apple to be destroyed.

Samsung agreed not to advertise or sell the Tab 10.1 until the gadget was approved by the court.

But it says the tablet set for release in Australia differs from its US variant.

"The parties in the case reached a mutual agreement which stipulates that the variant in question will not be sold in Australia," the company said in a statement to ausdroid.net.

 "A Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for the Australian market will be released in the near future."

The company did not elaborate on what the differences between the devices might be,

"Samsung will continue to actively defend and protect our intellectual property to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communication business," it said.

The Sydney Morning Heraldreported Vodafone still planned to launch the Samsung tablet in New Zealand this month.

Apple lawyer Steven Burley told Australian Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett Samsung's Tab 10.1 infringed on 10 Apple patents including its "look and feel" and touchscreen technology.

In its filing, the company accused Samsung of representing the device as a version of the iPad 2, with similar quality and performance characteristics.

The company said in a statement: "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.

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

The mudslinging dates back to April when Apple sued Samsung in the US, claiming the Galaxy products copied the iPad and iPhone designs, triggering a bevy of back-and-forth lawsuits

Apple and Samsung are now suing each other in nine countries.