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Samsung Galaxy Tab delayed in Australia because of iPad patent

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Samsung Galaxy Tab delayed in Australia because of iPad patent
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(CBS) - Today, Samsung said it will be countersuing Apple Australia for that patent infringement claim of its iPad tablet. As a result, the Australian version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1's release will be pushed back to the end of next month.

Apple Australia first sued Samsung for its Galaxy Tab 10.1 saying it infringed on its patents. Then, Samsung contested the allegation.

"Samsung contested the allegation, saying that Apple Australia was basing its claims on the US version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1," reports ZDNet Australia. "The two parties at the time agreed to an undertaking that would see Samsung hold its shipment of the Australian version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 until Apple had the chance to study three of the units, seven days before the proposed release of the device to market."

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Samsung originally intended to release the device the week of September 12.

"Legal representatives from both parties met for a directions hearing in the NSW Federal Court today, where barrister David Catterns, acting for Samsung, revealed to the court a plan to countersue Apple once the case made it to trial," reports CNET. "In a statement, Catterns added that Samsung's counter-claim would also encompass the Apple iPhone."

Now Samsung plans to release the Galaxy Tab 10.1 sometime near the week of September 30 so the legal action can proceed. "Samsung also agreed that it would give Apple Australia 48 hours notice before releasing the device to market," ZDNet Australia adds.

  • Ysolt Usigan

    Ysolt Usigan is the editor of lifestyle and technology for women at CBSNews.com