Apple halts Samsung tablet sales Down Under

Apple has won an out-of-court agreement from South Korean company Samsung that it won't sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia until the ongoing patent spat between the two companies is concluded Down Under.

Apple has accused Samsung of infringing 10 of its patents and copying the 'look and feel' of the ubiquitous iPad and is trying to stop the device going on sale in Australia and other unspecified countries, according to a Bloomberg report.

Samsung has agreed to stop selling and advertising the touch-screen tablet on the understanding that, if Apple loses the case, it will pay unspecified damages.

The tit-for-tat patent spat, which has seen Samsung retaliate against the iPhone maker by accusing it of infringing its own patents, kicked off earlier this year and has soured the lucrative relationship between the two companies.

Samsung supplies Apple with many of the components in its popular gadgets including ARM-designed processors and display panels.