Australian retailer Kogan stops selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 after Apple threatens to sue

Australian retailer Kogan stops selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 after Apple threatens to sue
Despite selling iPads too, and at lower prices than others, since it gets them directly from the Chinese factories, the Australian retailer Kogan has been threatened with a lawsuit by Apple, if it continues to sell and market the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Samsung agreed to stop these activities Down Under until the court hearing on a possible patent infringement injunction against its Android tablet. Kogan was evidently engaged in marketing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 heavily and received a letter from Freehills, Apple's Australian law firm, that it is infringing on patents held for the iPad with this behavior, so the retailer ceased all activity related with the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Apple also wanted to know which entity Kogan got Samsung's tablet from, but the electronics store denied the request. David Shafer, Kogan's executive director, has commented in a statement:


Still, Ruslan Kogan, the company's founder (pictured on the thumbnail), has said they caved despite believing they haven't violated any laws, because they don't need a legal battle with Apple on their hands: "All we are trying to do is to provide the latest technology at the best prices. Pointless litigation is not our specialty".

Samsung is countersuing Apple in Australia for violating its own patents related to the 3G standard, in which Apple says the Koreans have planted a time bomb, so we'll see what comes out of this tit-for-tat Down Under.

source: SMH via TheInquirer

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55 Comments

1. Laron unregistered

This is crazy, Apple is really taking it to far. Good article though.

2. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

hurry fandroids, open this article and post something so PA is encouraged to cover every such article! hurry, hurry, create the hype!!!

19. OSFantasma

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

Your kind of comment annoys the hell out of me. Its great that you don't like Android you made that clear in the past. Going at a specific group just to initiate in needless arguments makes you seem like a selfish kid that cant stay without a piece of candy to say the least. I vote for innovation not litigation and I hope the rest agree...

3. bling bling unregistered

all fan bois and haters of ios and bada and symbian and android and rim please thumbs this down , i just feel like having them today

4. lafn2 unregistered

You know I am really starting to want a Galaxy Tab 10.1. It must be good. Lots of advertising and worry by Apple.

5. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

ok so if apple wants to threaten them for selling samsung, if i was the store ownerI would just stop selling apple too. Don't bring your drama in my store ijs

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

totally agree. "fine, i wont sell samsung.. but im not selling your crap either then."

17. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You sound like a savvy business man. I assume you're very wealthy?

21. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Why do you ask that, Taco? Will you make fun of him if he isn't?

24. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Because of his dumb tit for tat comment. You don't do business that way. It was a sarcastic jab at him.

27. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Oh, okay, just checking. Because, you know, you DO have a history of making fun of people for not being rich. I get that if the company is making far more money off of iPads than Tabs they wouldn't be financially wise to do what Remixfa suggests. However, we are seeing companies like Verizon beginning to stand behind Samsung instead of Apple, so in some cases it seems like Apple is starting to do more damage to itself than good with these lawsuits and attempts to take its competitors completely out of the market.

22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

maybe I am. At least I dont live with my mom, like you.

25. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

and as a point, i spent 10 years running a small business very successfully... so under that definition, i would be a savy businessman.

31. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Oh so you must very wealthy then. I assume you're now retired? Oh wait aren't you a sales rep for T-Mobile which is an entry level position. Wait I'm confused which is it?

52. paxmoos unregistered

Such childish comments!!!!!

41. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

What. You said you work for tmobile. Poser

26. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

ok I dont really post on here I just read comments and I have realized alot of tension around your comments. do you just target certain people that you want to start something with? Not selling apple products means your not a wealthy business person? enlighten me please. IMO if being a store owner and someone ask me why I dont have any ipads well I would just tell them the truth, Apple doesnt want me selling Samsung or I will be sued so I no longer carry Apple. As a customer I know I would start having second thoughts on buying Apple but again thats my opinion go ahead and bash me.....

32. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

If 90% of tablet sales are iPads and you're running a store you would not stop selling iPads. Not trying to bash you but that makes no sense. Me and remix have a history yes.

37. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

In a way I can understand if you're a small store that makes the bulk of your income from tablet sells. I don't know a store in the situation, but not selling tablets doesnt mean that the store may go under or their income is serverely impacted. thats like saying if Best buy or HHgregg stopped selling tablets their revenue is severely impacted

44. AppleFUD unregistered

taco50, once again you just show how clueless you really are. Your supposition rests on the assumption that the business makes as much off apple devices as they would Samsung. What we do know is, most places make very very little off apple products (3% or less) and they have to invest a lot into marketing materials and displays. For all we know, it could be much better business wise for this person to tell apple to shove off. we don't know, but you go ahead with your omniscient statements because it seems you know everything about everything. And I have too agree with other commenters, you seem like some spoiled child in your room getting all butt hurt over anything and everything apple and are one of the most immature commenters on the web--congratulations.

47. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

taco is making some good comments now to be honest but every now and then he will make a comment that just riles everyone...i agree considering the popularity of the ipad you would be pretty stupid to stop selling the ipad...even if your successful company,if you know you can make make more money why wouldnt you....also i do think if the company did not buy it from samsung directly then they should be allowed to sell it.

6. me unregistered

Apple is nuts! This is pushing it too far. I wonder what they will do if everyone else sided with Samsung and they get sued for patents they are breaching. Or worse, shop owners decide not to sell their products.

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Ayephoner, no need, you were way ahead of almost everyone else.

9. so..it's like unregistered

Samsung sues Apple not to sell iphone, Apple sues the shop owner not to sell galaxy. I think theres something wrong going on here.

10. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Shame to see the store cave. Apple couldnt sue them unless an injuncture was successfully enacted in Australia and the store didn't comply with it. Of course Apple lawyers would run them into the ground because of their relentlessness so I can understand why they backed off.

11. BuckApple unregistered

And this is why I will not give Apple any of my money. If this is how they treat the people who sell the device for them imagine how they will treat you the individual consumer? Hardly any better I assume.

12. dacastrator

Posts: 232; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Apple just can't accept the fact that people no longer like their products and they are getting bored with it that's why they are looking for something different like Honeycomb tablets.

16. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You're so right only 80-90% of people pick up iPads. They're pretty much out of the tablet market. I love fandroid logic.

40. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

read: android has 30% of market share. not so bad for a 'copycat' eh? within a year, it's at 30%. that was a few months ago, now it could/will be higher.

49. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

android has 30% of SHIPPED tablets not sold

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