Samsung was dealt another setback in its attempt to sell the Galaxy Tab in Australia. Instead of launching the Galaxy Tab Friday at 4 pm, the Korean company must now wait until December 9th. It’s a significant setback that’ll cost Samsung a week’s worth of holiday sales.
Earlier this week, the Australian Supreme Court overturned the injunction that banned sales of the tablet device. Apple appealed this decision and, just as Samsung was ready to kick off sales, the Cupertino company was granted a week long extension to argue its case. This delays the Galaxy Tab’s launch by yet another week and leaves Samsung and its customers in the lurch.
This battle over the injunction is crucial to Samsung. The full hearing on the patent infringement claim is scheduled for next Spring, and the injunction prevents Samsung from selling the tablet until that date. Samsung needs to overturn this injunction now and start selling the Galaxy Tab while the device is still competitive. If its forced to wait until the trial is over, the Galaxy Tab will be obsolete.