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Sales figures to play key role in Apple v. Samsung


If Apple wants to ban sales of the Galaxy 10.1 tablet in Australia, it may have to reveal U.S. and U.K. sales figures. Bloomberg reports that Sydney Federal Court judge Annabelle Bennett stated, "...[u]nless Apple puts on evidence showing the impact in the U.S. or U.K., I can't draw any positive assumptions." That sounds like a clear-cut statement to us.

Where does this leave Apple? Well, there's good news and there's bad news. The good news is that the iPad is still selling extremely well. The bad news is the same, and that's not the message Apple wants to portray when trying to demonstrate that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is having a negative effect in markets where the devices compete. Apple argues, in part, that the "remarkable similarity of the Samsung product" will take away from iPad sales.

The Australian court will hold a hearing this month to decide on the preliminary injunction. We'll let you know what happens.

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