blog Wondering if Apple’s billion-dollar patents victory in the US against Korean consumer electronics rival Samsung will have any impact on the Australian market? Well, it was always unlikely, given the differing legal jurisdictions. But now we have an official answer from Samsung itself, courtesy of an article on local blog Android Australia. The site quotes Samsung (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“The effects of the trial at the US District Court for the Northern District of California will remain limited to the US market. The hearing of Samsung’s case against Apple in Australia is due to resume in September and the hearing of Apple’s case against Samsung will not commence until next year in Australia.”
Frankly, we’re not sure what to make of this whole case just yet. Undeniably it would be bad news for consumers if either Samsung or Apple was to be successful in getting each others’ hero products banned in Australia, as both have tried to do. We rather like our iPads and iPhones down under, thank you very much, and we also like the Galaxy S II and III (it’s not a big problem if the Galaxy Tab tablets get banned, though: Nobody really buys them anyway).
However, of course there is also an argument to be made about protecting innovation, and it’s undeniable that some of Samsung’s best work is directly inspired by Apple. We said as much when the original Galaxy S was first released in Australia in mid-2010. I think most consumers are hoping at this point that both companies can quickly work out their differences and get back to making great products so that we can buy them.
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