Sydney: Apple Inc rejected an offer from Samsung Electronics Co to assist settle their tablet computer row in Australia, hoping for a vital court triumph there in its global campaign of patent litigation.
Apple asserts Samsung’s Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets slavishly copied its iPhone and iPad and have launched an international legal battle which is likely to hurt growth at one of the South Korean firm’s fastest-growing businesses.
Samsung has rejected the charges and has shot back with claims of its own. The Galaxy gadgets, powered by Google’s Android operating system, are seen as the biggest challengers to Apple’s mobile devices.
Apple has already secured a block on the newest Galaxy tablets in Germany and several Samsung smartphone models in the Netherlands.
A win in Australia could damage Samsung’s bid to close the gap with Apple in the global tablet market, with another high-stakes ruling expected from a US court next week.
Samsung approached Apple last week, offering to assist secure a quick court ruling in their Australian dispute, in return for being capable to instantly launch the new Galaxy tablet there. But Apple told the Federal Court in Sydney Tuesday that Samsung’s proposal provided no basis for a settlement.
“It is one we don’t accept and there is no surprise. The main reason we are here is to prevent the launch and maintain the status quo,” Apple lawyer Steven Burley said.
He also said that Samsung should anyway agree to an expedited court process, not oblige conditions on its cooperation to that end.