Samsung-Apple case will be heard in March


The case to ban sales of Apple's latest iPhone, brought by Samsung Electronics, will be heard by an Australian court in March, according to news reports.

Sales of the product will be allowed to continue until the hearing on an alleged patent infringement by the California-based computing giant is heard.

Samsung and Apple's bitter legal dispute involves their smartphones and tablets and covers their sale in ten different countries. The latter currently has preliminary injunctions against some of Samsung's products in Australia, Germany and the Netherlands.

Justice Annabelle Bennett told the Australian Federal Court in Sydney that the case will commence in March next year, and will be a fixed hearing lasting three weeks.

She added that the iPhone 4S could continue to be sold in the country until then.

Apple recently released its third-quarter results, with revenues rising 39 per cent to $28.27 billion (£17.82 billion). The firm recorded profits of $6.62 billion for the period, an increase of 54 per cent.