UPDATE: Our legal eagles have caught up with this development and we can bring you the following exclusive news. The matter was listed for hearing before Justice Robertson this afternoon at 14.30 in Sydney. It appears that this filing was very much last minute, as it seems from the court record that the interlocutory application had not been served on Apple at the time of this afternoon’s hearing. Robertson J’s order adjourned the application until 09.30 tomorrow morning, with a file-and-serve order, so there may be further developments tomorrow.
At this stage, the application by Samsung is being supported by affidavit material from six witnesses, including members of Samsung’s legal team and perhaps even some technical experts. Some of the affidavit material has been placed under a publication prohibition, so we won’t know exactly what’s being claimed just yet.
I expect that tomorrow we’ll have a better picture of whether an interim injunction preventing sale of the iPhone 4S is likely.
Oh wow, shiz just got Siri-ous ladies and gentlemen. Samsung has filed for a preliminary injunction blocking future sales of the Apple iPhone 4S here in Australia based upon 3 wireless standard patents that Samsung feels Apple has infringed upon. We normally wouldn’t cover such an event, but we feel this is going to be the settling point for any future lawsuits between the two technology giants to stop any more injunctions being filed against Samsung’s products — a la Galaxy Tab 10.1 style.
The 3 patents Samsung references in their filing relate only to wireless standards — Gizmodo Australia has the official statement from Samsung listing them:
Patent Claims in Australia:
1. Method and apparatus for transmitting/receiving packet data using pre-defined length indicator in a mobile communication system (WCDMA)
2. Method and apparatus for data transmission in a mobile telecommunication system supporting enhanced uplink service (HSPA)
3. Method and apparatus for transmitting and receiving data with high reliability in a mobile communication system supporting packet data transmission (HSPA).