Popular tech patent-analyst Florian Mueller is reporting that Apple has just scored a major legal win in Australia. The Cupertino company has been battling Samsung all over the globe, and it just scored a major victory in Sydney.

On Mueller’s blog, FOSSPatents, he discusses the importance of a recent decision by the Federal Court of Australia in the Apple vs. Samsung patent dispute. The court has just ordered an interim injunction over Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1…

Samsung’s latest tablet was already legally blocked in Australia, but the latest injunction order extends the ban for several more months. This will be in affect until the court resolves the matter, by which time the tablet will likely be outdated.

Mueller points to two patents that greatly influenced the court’s decision. The first is a patent on multipoint touchscreens. The second covers a touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics.

Interestingly enough, the latter patent, which lists Steven P. Jobs as one of its inventors, appears to be the most potent. Apple is using it in multiple lawsuits against the “big three” Android device manufacturers — Samsung, Motorola, and HTC.

The Cupertino company’s win in Sydney could have devastating effects for Android as a whole. Mueller believes at the very least, any company trying to launch a new Android-based touchscreen product in Australia will face a high risk of injunction.

  • Tbv

    My family and I are iDevice’s users(iPod touch, iPads, & iPhones), but I am unhappy with Apple and their suing spree. SHAME ON YOU APPLE! Try to compete, rather than suing all your competitions.

    • Benny

      +1

      • Eddie

        +2

    • Skay

      +3

      No good can come from stifling competition.

      • VnABC

        +4
        +5 for my friend
        I love my iPhones & iPads (yes, plural) but I hate Apple does this sh!t

    • Max

      iThink that if everyone has all patents when it comes to technology, why should you invest any money in inventing things if you can just steal the technology from someone else? This system pushes technology further and further. This patent-system is also responsible that we now have phones and all the other technology nowadays. Think first before you say something.

      • +1,000% to Max

        Max is correct – you have to first think and consider this as if it were YOUR $money invested, your ideas being used!!!

        If you were to spend your OWN money coming up with your OWN ideas, got patents for them, would you want some other person or corporation to come along and just STEAL your ideas???

        Of course NOT – you would at least want to be paid for your ideas, be reimbursed for the money you spent developing the idea.

        That is the purpose of Patents – to protect YOUR ideas and YOUR invested (hard earned) $$$ Money!!!

        That is all that Apple is doing – they are protecting their investment from thiefs!!!

        Apple is NOT blocking Samsung / Motorola and HTC from using the technology, Apple just wants them to pay royalties for the rights to use the inventions that Apple came up with!

        I hope that clears it up for you all.

        – Eric

        P.S. If you just “hated” my post – I bet you didn’t read everything I wrote and you didn’t read down this far….. 😛 am I right? or am I right! LOL

      • Amd

        that explains why Apple lost against Nokia and paid some 126 million dollars to them if I remember correctly!!! you should perhaps sue anyone who steals your technology but i think you shouldn’t be a thief yourself either.

    • -1, i think that if Apple patented and invested billions in research and development. They should not steal those ideas, at least pay lisences like what microsoft’s got. Those patents arent going to last lifetime so its a fair game to fight for your stuff. Thats why i love apple, they patent their own stuff and its good.

    • IndiePhoenix

      How about Samsung trying to compete by inventing their own stuff rather than copying Apple’s inventions?

      • Dusean

        +10
        @indie , You hit the nail right on the head

    • rajesh

      +6

    • Alex

      PLUS PARTTY!

  • CrazyBraulz

    That’s considered competition here in the US lol

  • sean

    MAKE YOUR OWN SHIT IF THEY ARE UNHAPPY, STOP THINKING THAT A BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP MEANS YOU CAN USE THEIR SHIT WITHOUT THEIR PERMMISSION. YOU GIVE A MOFO A INCH AND THEY TAKE A MILE

    • fdxgncgfn

      No thank you, I make enough shit all day long in the bathroom. 🙂

  • Daniel

    Sean you are a c# ck sucker! What kind of a post is “make your own shit” – totally stupid comment! The above people are simply expressing theirs views without being rude!

    • Dusean

      Hay Daniel the fucktard, it’s not about overall invention, it’s the style of invention that implements more of what’s already their. Samsung is drilling their style, Steve jobs isn’t the only fucking way to make something, it’s samsung job to do just that. If jobs did it , why the fuck can’t they. If Steve jobs created time travel , the next step for others would be to find a way to do it easier , simplier, and conviently, that will take new technology and thateans it’ll grow. Samsung doesn’t do that , they mimic what’s already there the best way they can. That’s not growing , that’s copying

  • AltF4

    This may be a win for Apple, but not for the rest of the world that wants the option to choose between technologies.

    • Dusean

      That’s the whole point, you CREATE technology that’ll make your company grow. If samsung wants your business , they need to do a better job in their tech dept , so you can have those options. You ppl sound like ppl who like apple’s technology , but you don’t like apple, therefore you want it implemented on other platforms to make yourself happy. It don’t work that way. If apple was a sole software company or a sole hardware company, you’ll be happy, but since they do both, they can do what the fuck they want , because customers that usues their devices are they’re buyers

  • Chris

    Disagree with everyone.

    If someone comes up with an idea and then a competitor takes your idea and tries to make money off of it, how the hell is that fair?

  • VnABC

    How to delete my comments from this site? This site is full of hate and cussing. Full of Apple haters and full of Android haters, ah, but in a positive view… full of Apple lovers and full of Android lovers LOL… OK, people calm down. Thanks

    • Andrew

      What the eff?

    • Glad you’ve seen the sliver lining!
      LOL

  • Jt

    Indie: wtf? Like apple made the first tablet? These lawsuits are retarded. “square screen” <– get real ffs. That was one of the claims from apple. Cmon. There was shitty tablets around 2003

  • Jt

    Indie: wtf? Like apple made the first tablet? These lawsuits are rtarded. “square screen” <– get real ffs. That was one of the claims from apple. Cmon. There was shitty tablets around 2003

  • Joey Johari

    Its really sad that here we have a big multi corporation like Samsung which is quite famous for its LCD,Plasma and Led Tv…..and a whole lot of other home appliances……..and “copies” the exact same design of Apple products…….shame on you Samsung……can’t you people at Samsung design anything apart from copying Apple?……..I love My Iphone as well as my Samsung LED TV……but I wont support companies that copies others……:(

  • Disarm

    Steve Jobs:
    Good artists copy, great artists steal.

    Bill Gates:
    Get real, would ya? You and I are both like guys who had this rich neighbor – Xerox – who left the door open all the time. And you go sneakin’ in to steal a TV set. Only when you get there, you realize that I got there first. I got the loot, Steve! And you’re yellin’? “That’s not fair. I wanted to try to steal it first.” You’re too late.

  • Disarm

    Jobs used to say that it’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the Navy.
    His philosophy was that it’s okay to steal, but only if you use the wealth for greater purposes…

  • iHelp

    Meh! I’m happy with my jailbroken iPhone.

  • shadow

    Yep, apple is afraid of competition. They must think they don’t make the best stuff anymore, so they try and stop the competition because they don’t think they can compete.

  • shadow

    Apple is afraid of competition. They try and stop the competition because they don’t think they can compete.