Samsung Galaxy Tab Ban Lifted Down Under

Samsung has struck gold down under, winning the patent battle against Apple which now allows for the Korean electronics firm to begin selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.

This is timed really well for Samsung, which now has a chance to hock its wares to Australian shoppers in the couple of weeks leading up to Christmas. Some retailers have been selling the on-sale off-sale tablet despite the ban, but a full retail market stocked with the Galaxy Tab will certainly provide a nice little revenue bump before the new year.

The two mobile handset makers have been at each other's throats for most of 2011, with each company calling for the other's hardware to be banned in various countries. Apple pushed injunctions on the Galaxy Tab in both Australia and Germany, with Samsung hitting back with an attempt to get the iPhone 4S banned in the heartland of Apple fanboys, the US.

The Inquirer reports that Samsung has also been trying to get the 4S removed from the shelves in the UK, France and Italy, with the latter of the three being decided on 16th of December in Milan. The French attempt didn't go well though, with Apple being paid some 100,000 euros in legal fees by the Korean electronics maker.

Weirdly, despite the ongoing lawsuits, there's still a lot of cooperation between the firms. Samsung makes a lot of the internal hardware found in Apple's devices, with many other companies hoping to pick up the business since there's obviously more than a little friction between the tech giants.