blog Ruslan Kogan only started selling brands other than his own through his web site — including Apple and Samsung — several weeks ago, but it appears the maverick Melbourne-based entrepreneur has already attracted Apple’s ire.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports today that Kogan has been caught up in the ongoing Australian lawsuit between Apple and Samsung over the Korean electronics giant’s supposed iPad look-alike, the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The website of the newspaper reports:
“Apple Australia’s law firm, Freehills, sent Kogan a letter, seen by Fairfax Media, accusing it of infringing Apple’s iPad patents in Australia, and of misleading and deceptive conduct, by selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Freehills said the Samsung model was substantially similar “to the ‘get up’ and packaging of the iPad”.”
Seems a bit weird that Apple’s pinning Kogan for selling Samsung gear — but not its own iPad — but then we wouldn’t be surprised at anything that happens in this crazy ongoing patent war at the moment. We can only hope the pair sort their stuff out before the iPhone 5 launches in Australia. If launch day comes and goes with no new Apple hotness, we’re betting there’s going to be rioting in the streets.
Image credit: Kogan Technologies