SYDNEY - Apple Inc rejected an offer from Samsung Electronics Co to help settle their tablet computer row in Australia, hoping for an important court victory there in its global campaign of patent litigation.
Apple claims Samsung's Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets "slavishly" copied its iPhone and iPad and has launched an international legal battle which is expected to hurt growth at one of the South Korean firm's fastest-growing businesses.
Samsung has rejected the accusations and has shot back with claims of its own. The Galaxy gadgets, powered by Google's Android operating system, are seen as the biggest challengers to Apple's mobile devices.
Apple has already secured a block on the latest Galaxy tablets in Germany and some Samsung smartphone models in the Netherlands.
A win in Australia could hurt Samsung's bid to close the gap with Apple in the global tablet market, with another high-stakes ruling expected from a US court next week.