The two companies are fighting it out this matter in courts around the world, and Samsung is also trying to block the sale of the iPhone 4S in Australia and Japan claiming patent infringements.
Apple won a temporary injunction banning the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, but yesterday Federal Court Justice Lindsay Foster ordered Samsung's appeal should be heard as soon as practicable, with the week of November 21 as as the target. Samsung's lawyers are arguing that Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett (who granted the injunction) made errors of law and based her decision on irrelevant considerations.
A significant number of tablets are likely to be purchased in the run-up to Christmas, so an early resolution is particularly important to Samsung. From Apple's perspective, the longer the injunction remains in place the better.