Samsung has postponed the launch of its latest iteration of the Galaxy tablet PC in Australia following legal action by Apple.

Apple claims Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, which is due to be made available in the UK this week, infringes 10 patents relating to its own tablet PC, the iPad, and headed to the Australian courts in a bid to stop Samsung selling the device in the country. The tech giant also believes Samsung has been misleading consumers by insinuating the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a version of the iPad 2 and offers the same performance as Apple's tablet PC.

During a hearing at Australia's Federal Court this week, Samsung voluntarily agreed not to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 until the case has been wrapped up.

Furthermore, Samsung provided three samples of the device to be reviewed and analysed as part of the legal action.

Samsung Electronics Australia said the legal action related to a version of the tablet PC that it never intend to sell in Australia.

"Samsung will continue to actively defend and protect our intellectual property to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communication business," the company added.

"A Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for the Australian market will be released in the near future. This undertaking does not affect any other Samsung smartphone or tablet available in the Australian market or other countries."

It's not the first time, the pair have become locked in legal action. At the start of July, Apple filed a complaint with the ITC seeking to block the import of tablets and smartphones made by Samsung, in retaliation after Samsung filed a similar complaint, attempting to block the import of Apple's mobile electronics devices. That legal action followed on from an incident in April when Apple sued Samsung in a California district court for supposedly copying the design of the iPhone and iPad with its smartphones and tablets, including the Nexus S, Galaxy S 4G, and Galaxy Tab.