Ready for your daily dose of “did that seriously just happen?” Thanks to a federal injunction filed by Apple in Australia, sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 have been put on hold until Apple’s patent suit has been taken care of in court.
Apple claims Samsung has infringed upon ten different patents–everything from touchscreen technology to the “look and feel” of the device. As such, both Vodafone and Optus are not legally allowed to sell the Tab 10.1 until further notice.
Personally, I don’t like it, but I can understand why companies would be so keen on these kinds of patent suits. While they may be bad for consumers and innovation, they are great for big manufacturers’ pocket-books. This is the first time Apple and Samsung’s suit has resulted in blocked sales of a product, and unfortunately it may not be the last.