Launch Of Samsung iPad 2 Rival Stopped In Australia

Korean company Samsung has apparently temporarily frozen the launch of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Australia because of an ongoing patent dispute with Apple.

News outlet Bloomberg writes that both companies have come to an agreement in a federal court down-under today, with Samsung saying that it would stop advertising its flagship tablet.

Apple wants Samsung to stop selling its tablet in the US, UK, Japan, Germany, France, Italy and South Korea over a dispute on the look and feel of its product.

Samsung is reported to have given Apple three units of the Australian version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 although it is unsure how this may decide the issue of the court battle.

Florian Mueller, the renowned IP patent specialist who writes for FOSS Blog, says "Apparently, Samsung didn't want to take its chances trying to defend its U.S. product in the Australian court. Instead, Samsung hopes to defend its Australian version. But this does appear pretty weak. If Samsung believed that the U.S. version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 doesn't infringe any of Apple's rights, it would have defended itself as a matter of principle."

Both Apple and Samsung were former best friends before Samsung started to encroach on Apple's own markets with the Galaxy series - "S" Smartphone and "Tab" Tablet range.