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Samsung Files Appeal in Australian Court to Lift Ban on Galaxy 10.1 Tablet

Samsung has requested an Australian appeals court to lift a ban on the company's Galaxy 10.1 tablet PC device.

The Korean consumer electronics company was ordered to refrain from marketing and selling its tablet device until its patent infringement lawsuit, which was filed by Apple, is resolved.

The judgement, made by Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett, has been a thorn on the side of Samsung as it has not been able to release the device in Australia.

The appeal made by the company in an Australian appeals court has provided a ray of hope for Samsung, however.

According to an article (opens in new tab) on Business Week, Federal Court Justice Lindsay Foster, handling the appeal, has questioned the fairness of the initial ruling.

"The result looks terribly fair to Apple and not terribly fair to Samsung," she said. The court said it will be announce a judgement on the appeal next week. If the ban is overturned then Samsung will be able to launch the device in Australia just in time for the holiday shopping season.

Apple and Samsung have been locked in a legal battle over patents, across the globe, in which Samsung is trying to ban Apple's from selling the iPhone 4S in France.