A lower court in Australia ruled yesterday that it would lift the ban on the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 that had been in place since mid-October due to patent infringement with Apple; however, the Cupertino-based company has been awarded a one-week extension on the ban while it formalizes an appeal.
Samsung, despite sending shipments of the tablet to Australia over the weekend, will not be able to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 until at least December 9th. At that point, a higher Australian court will listen to Apple’s appeal on the decision and make a ruling. Samsung is desperately trying to get their Galaxy Tab 10.1 onto Australian shelves as the holiday shopping season reaches its prime.
“A stay for one week will cost Samsung, in effect, one week’s trade,” High Court Justice John Dyson Heydon said, following a 90-minute hearing in Sydney. The extension will hurt Samsung “but not to extend the status quo is likely to be injurious to Apple,” he added.