Australian court lifts ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will hit Australian store-shelves before Christmas as the country's highest court dismissed rival Apple's appeal.

Chief Justice Robert French reinstated an appeal court judgment in which the ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets was lifted. Speaking on the behalf of the three-judge High Court panel, the Chief Justice said that Apple couldn’t persuade them that it could win on appeal and thus they denied the gadget maker a hearing.

After the court ruling, the South Korean firm said that its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet would be made available in Australia this holiday period.

Apple and Samsung are locked in suit and countersuits over patent infringement cases as the two tech giants are trying to dominate the global electronics market.

However, many analysts believe that the two electronics giants could soon move to make a settlement out of court.

James Song, an analyst from Seoul-based Daewoo Securities Co., said, “With Samsung beginning to win some cases, the two companies may be getting closer to a settlement.”

Samsung has also received favorable court rulings in some of its legal battles against Apple in Germany and the Netherlands.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 runs on Google’s Android operating system, and thinner and lighter than Apple’s iPad 2.