While the Australian court decision will have no substantial impact in other jurisdictions like Europe or the United States, lawyers say the trial proceedings could reshape the legal strategies employed by Apple and Samsung going forward.
Mark Summerfield, a patent lawyer and senior associate with Melbourne-based law firm Watermark, told Reuters, “there’s no doubt there’s a strategic and psychological effect” attached to the Australian case. “Courts in other countries will watch what is happening here.”
Apple and Samsung have done battle in 10 countries since April 2011 over patents covering smartphones and tablets. The Australian dispute centers on touch-screen technology used in Samsung’s new Galaxy 10.1 tablet.