Samsung Galaxy Tab vs Apple iPad: the tablet patent wars hit Australia by Kimberlee Weatherall, Senior Lecturer in Law at University of Queensland
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 08/08/2011 18:25
The mobile patent wars, it seems, have reached Australian shores.
On Monday, representatives of Apple and Samsung were in the Australian Federal Court, fighting it out over Samsung's Galaxy Tab tablet computer.
Apple is alleging infringement of a series of Australian patents - mainly related to gesture-sensitive touch screens (see list below) - as well as, it seems, breaches of consumer protection law (by misleading people into thinking that the Galaxy Tab is the iPad, or is licensed by Apple).
The policy questions raised by this case - and all its foreign cousins - are whether the patent system is encouraging innovation in software and mobile technologies, and whether the costs these patents have for competition are just getting too high.