NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Apple ( AAPL - Get Report) on Tuesday rejected Samsung's offer to settle their patent dispute in Australia, meaning it's likely Samsung won't be able to launch its Galaxy 10.1 tablet in that market in time for Christmas.

Apple has brought a number of suits against Samsung across the globe, claiming Samsung's smartphones and tablets copy Apple's iPhone and iPad.

A lawyer for Apple on Tuesday told the Federal Court in Sydney that Samsung's offer last week provided no basis for a settlement and it wanted the court to rule on its claim that the Galaxy's touch-screen technology infringed an Apple patent, Reuters reported.

Samsung said if it couldn't secure a ruling within about two weeks it would lose the opportunity to launch the new tablets in time for Christmas.

A Samsung lawyer said the Galaxy 10.1 would be "commercially dead" in Australia if it couldn't get a ruling by mid-October and had to push its case to next year, according to Reuters.

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