Apple Rejects Samsung’s Settlement Offer Over Patent Dispute In Australia


In a five finger slap to the face, Apple has shot down Samsung’s attempt at settling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 dispute in Australia. Samsung made an offer to Apple last week in which they promised an expedited court hearing as long as Samsung was able to launch the long delayed Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Nice try, Samsung but Apple wasn’t having it. Apple’s lawyer Steven Burley hissed,

“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[ssssss] quo,”

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been a success in just about every part of the world the tablet has been allowed to launch in. Well, aside from Germany who has blocked the tablet from sale in their country. Likewise, Samsung wont be able to launch the Galaxy Tab in The-Land-Down-Unda’ until the court makes a ruling. Samsung has already agreed to remove two features from the Galaxy Tab for their Aussie release which brings the number of alleged infringed Apple patents down to 1 — touch screen display technology. Best of luck to ya, Sammy.

[Via Reuters]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Here’s a good one … A overly-confident company walks into a bar … :-)

    1. Ouch?

    2. and “loses” an unreleased iphone 4?

      1. and an unreleased iphone 5 a year later…

      2. Actually, and leaks an iPhone 4, then leaks an iPhone 5 a year later.

        Fool me once, shame on you, fool me, ummm, errr, you can’t fool me twice. :-)

        When one airplane hits a twin tower, it may be a tragic accident. When one unreleased iPhone model is lost in a bar, it may be an accident.

  2. Apple is scum!………From a now Apple hating Aussie from “The-Land-Down-Unda!”
    Goodluck blocking stores like Mobicity who import the 10.1

  3. Apple needs a big slap in the face. Hopefully one of these other companies will be able to give them what they deserve. I hope this new iPhone will be a huge failure and suffer from tons of issues.
    I don’t see why google can’t sue apple for stealing the drop down menu, I’d love to see that happen. I’ve thought about buying an iPad 2 but with all apple is trying to do to Samsung I’ll never buy an apple product. I’m not the biggest fan of Samsung’s phones but I’d buy one before even considering an apple product.
    I’ll also make sure that everyone of my relatives and friends know what kind of garbage apple is pulling because they can’t creatively compete with Samsung let alone Android.

    1. I’m telling you guys. The underdog, LG is going to be the ones to do it. You don’t here to much hype about LG phones, but one day LG will take down Apple.

      No, this is even better. Kyocera will do it. LoL!! Oh I hope these underdogs have something under their sleeves.

    2. It really is kind of silly. I believe because Android is open source, they can’t patent the notification system and therefore can’t sue Apple. Apple on the other hand, gets to sue an open source product for “slavishly” copying its products, all the while Apple is slavishly copying Android. It’s like punching an armless dude….

      1. Open source is about copyright, not patents.

        There can indeed be patents on techniques that happen to be implemented by Open Source.

        Don’t believe me — ask Microsoft, who is collecting patent royalties on Android (open source) and other Linux (open source) devices such as Garmin and Tom Tom navigators.

        Ask Oracle who is suing Google over patents in Android, even though Android is open source.

        Just because Android is open source doesn’t mean Google couldn’t have patents in things they invented — and then sue Apple over those very techniques that Apple copies.

        For anyone who wants to defend Apple’s patent aggressiveness, then I’ll just repeat how Steve Jobs put it best: They should invent their own technology, not steal ours.

        What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. If Apple wants to sue over patents, then they should be subject to exactly the same patent aggressiveness. Live by the patent, die by the patent.

  4. I assume Apple have heard of a think called the inernet?

    Ordered mine from hear and expecting it by end of October … Take that Apple!

  5. I want someone to sabotage iOS from the inside…make it look like Apple was doing something…take them down. Burn em. We want inovation. Not lawsuits to slow it down.

  6. Hissing?
    Am i the only one who thought:
    “Thatsssss a nice tablet you gotssss there…

  7. Ugh, Apple is just irritating.

  8. I reject Apple!!

    1. I reject your Apple smartphone and substitute my own.

      1. why? its the same junk

  9. A lot of people defended Apple saying that these lawsuits were not about competition, but about protecting IP, but now there is proof that it was never really about IP but about stopping the competition. “Maintain the Status Quo”? I don’t want to be apart of any status quo that forces an Apple product on me.

    1. If it is about IP, then Apple should be subject to being sued for every patent they infringe.

      Because the US patent system is broken, it is impossible to write any software without infringing patents.

      If Apple can exploit the broken system, then they should also be exploited by it. Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

  10. See US Patent 4,666,425. (

    Mr. Jobs has plans to make use of that patent without telling anyone. He doesn’t want Apple to be sued for patent infringement.

    Apple will update the 1980’s tech in this invention with 21st century improvements so that next year an autonomous mobile version can wheel itself out on stage to announce the iPhone 6.

    Oh, I would like to add, as an example of just how broken the US patent system is, ask yourself this. Did the “inventor” have to submit a working model in order to get this paper patent on an idea? Or is he just waiting for someone else to do the actual work, and then sue them for money?

  11. I’m far from a lawyer, but this seems likely to be a legally strategic move for Samsung.

    By offering to remove the two other points, *and* by offering a means by which this could be cleared up quickly with minimal loss for Samsung, Samsung is essentially positioning itself as having attempted all reasonable avenues of resolution.

    It likely expects the Australian court to throw out the idea of Apple’s patent on a touchscreen for what it is: ridiculous. Once that happens, and given that that’s Apple’s only sticking point, Apple’s lawsuit becomes so baseless that it would likely be liable to cover whatever damages Samsung reasonably claims from the inability to push their tablet to market.

    At that point, Samsung’s entirely in the clear to demand those damages as it can easily claim that Apple’s lawsuit was malicious in nature — Samsung clearly did whatever it could reasonably be expected to do (and arguably much more so) to resolve the matter, while Apple stuck to a clearly indefensible position in its use of the legal system to slow down Samsung’s launch in Australia…

  12. Samsung is not the only company to have ‘infringe’ on Apple’s patent. Every Smart phones and tablets are infringing on the ‘touch screen display technology’. Yet Apple is quite adamant in ensuing that the Galaxy 10.1 never sees the light of days in some of these countries. This shows how damn scared Apple is and how low they will go to sue a company they feel threaten with.

    If they care about companies infringing on their patents. THEY’D HAVE SUED EACH AND EVER CELLULAR OEM IN THE WORLD AND GOOGLE!

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