Apple Rejects Samsung Settlement Offer; Patent War Rages

October 4, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Who doesn’t know, the patent war between Apple and Samsung is raging in as many as nine countries, including Germany, Japan, the US and South Korea? It seems things will not get better anytime soon.

The latest on that front is that Apple has rejected an offer from Samsung to settle the dispute and start selling Galaxy Tab in Australia in time for Christmas.

Apple’s lawyer told the Federal Court in Sydney that Samsung’s offer provided no basis for a settlement and Apple wanted the court to rule on its claim that the Galaxy’s touchscreen technology infringed an Apple patent.

He added that the main aim is to prevent the launch and maintain status quo. If the court rules in favor of Apple this week, the Galaxy Tab will face a dead end in Australia.

Last week, Samsung agreed to withdraw two features from the Galaxy 10.1, leaving just one disputed Apple patent over touch-screen display technology.

Samsung has been strong in the race to become the world’s No.1 smartphone vendor with their Galaxy line up. And, Apple is striking hard with the patent disputes; Galaxy Tabs have already been blocked inGermany.

Looks like the battle between the biggies will go far before some kind of consensus is reached.

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