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Top 10 influential 2011: Apple vs. Samsung

Computerworld Australia staff | Dec. 16, 2011
Two of the world's largest contenders in the consumer electronics arena, Apple and Samsung, have kept audiences all over the globe hanging on every detail in their legal battle over the infringement of a number of patents. The court case is far from over but has continued to occupy the news agenda this year, qualifying it as one of top ten stories for 2011.

Not surprisingly the win was short lived, as Apple's head barrister, Stephen Burley SC, requested a stay until the following week on the basis of an affidavit which contained materials relating to the potential harm to Apple.

A stay, the legal term referring to the act of suspending of a particular proceeding through the order of the court within a case, was granted by Justice Foster along with leave to file an interlocutory application.

With a desire to extend the initial stay, Apple applied for special leave to the High Court which was promptly quashed by the full bench of the High Court, comprising Justice Gummow, Justice French and Justice Bell.

Apple unsuccessfully argued that the full Federal Court had only one day to hear the case upon which it based its decision and this resulted in error.

"Special leave will be refused with costs for the application for a stay and expedition, the result is that the orders of the full court discharge and injunctive relief granted by the primary judge," Justice French told the court.

Samsung began selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet earlier this week, issuing official pricing and availability details for the device just hours after the win.

The verdict has allowed the company to finally partake in the Christmas trading period, despite many delays which has resulted in a commercial loss to the company.

The case continues.

So, do you think the RSA advanced persistent threat ranks as one of the biggest stories of the year? Comment below on how high you'd rank the story, and what else should be included in the Top 10.


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