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Apple Presses for Galaxy 10.1 Ban in Australia

Samsung Electronics Co.’s newest tablet computer infringes at least three Apple Inc. patents and must be barred from sale in Australia because it would unfairly steal from iPad sales, an Apple lawyer said.

It must have been “as plain as the Opera House to Samsung” that the design of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringed Apple patents, Steven Burley, Apple’s lawyer, said at the start of a scheduled two-day hearing in Sydney today. “They ought to clear the way in advance rather than attempt to crash through.”

Apple is seeking Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett to prohibit the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy 10.1 tablets in Australia.

The dispute is part of a global fight between the two companies that began in April in the U.S. after Cupertino, California- based Apple sued Samsung claiming the Galaxy products “slavishly” imitated the designs and technologies used in iPads and iPhones. Samsung struck back with lawsuits in South Korea, Japan and Germany.

Apple’s iPad may account for 73 percent of tablet computer sales this year, according to the research firm Gartner Inc.

Products that run on Google Inc.’s Android operating system, including Samsung’s Galaxy tablets, will probably have about 17 percent of the market, Gartner said in a Sept. 22 note.

Samsung, based in Suwon, South Korea, agreed in August to delay a planned release of the Galaxy 10.1 tablets in Australia until Bennett rules on Apple’s request for an injunction barring the sale of the products.