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New front opens in Apple vs Samsung patent war

Australian court kicks off Galaxy Tab hearings

Apple and Samsung have brought their never ending handbag fight to Australian shores.

An Australian court began hearing arguments in the latest in a series of patent war cases on Monday. The Australian dispute centers on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet and the trial is expected to last three months.

Reuters is reporting that the trial might not have a significant impact on similar cases around the world, but it could reshape strategies employed by both sides. Patent lawyer Mark Summerfield believes the case could have a “strategic and psychological” effect, as courts in other countries will follow the process.

Summerfield believes the Australian case will probably drag on well into 2014, as any decision is likely to be appealed by the parties.

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