Apple and Samsung have made their way to Australia once again to continue waging their global patent battle.
Federal Court of Australia Justice Annabelle Bennett is apparently not amused. According to Bloomberg, she said the dispute was "ridiculous" and should probably be settled in mediation.
Apple versus Samsung first made its way to the Land Down Under last year after Apple sued Samsung for copying the look and feel of its iOS devices with Galaxy phones and tablets. Samsung countersued Apple in September 2011 over three patents regarding 3G data transmissions, but not before Australian officials temporarily banned the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the country. It has since been allowed back on store shelves.
Justice Bennett was not happy to see the two companies back in an Australian courtroom. If it were any two other companies, the case would have been sent to settlement talks immediately, she said, according to Bloomberg.
It's not clear if that will actually happen. In the US, Apple and Samsung tried to resolve their differences with settlement talks, but to no avail. A US court subsequently banned the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the country.
Australian competition regulators recently fined Apple for misleading the public about the new iPad's 4G capabilities.
In the UK, Apple has been ordered to run paid advertisements clarifying that Galaxy tablet devices did not copy iPad designs, after a judge found that the Tab 10.1 was "not cool" enough to have been a flagrant knock-off.