Summary Box: Australian court bans sales of tablet

THE RULING: A court in Australia has temporarily banned Samsung from selling its new Galaxy tablet computer in the country.

THE REASON: Samsung has been sued by Apple Inc., which accuses Samsung of copying the iPad and iPhone and violating Apple’s patents. The ruling prevents Samsung Electronics Co. from selling the device in Australia in its current form until a further court order, or until the lawsuit is resolved.

BLOW FOR SAMSUNG: The South Korean company had hoped to launch the new product in time for Christmas sales.