Apple says that it didn’t turn the offer down flat, but wanted more information and details on the offer form Samsung. One Samsung lawyer, Stephen Burley, said that the offer from Samsung was “no more than a tactic to maximize the chances of launching what we would contend is an infringing product.” The judge presiding over the case said, “It’s going to take me a little time” to work through the arguments that each side have offered when Samsung tried to push to get the arguments heard in court tomorrow.
Samsung has argued that if the courts ban the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia until 2012 that the tablet would be commercially dead. Samsung has stated in the past that it would remove the zoom-bounce system from the tablet, which is one of the features at the heart of the case. Samsung could remove the feature and have a new version of the tablet on the market a week after a ruling.
Yesterday Samsung offered up a deal that it hoped would allow it to get back into the Australian tablet market. We don’t know exactly what the offer from Samsung was, but what we don’t know is that at least for now Apple is having none of the offer. Apple has reportedly declined the offer and the two firms are said to be “a considerable distance apart.”