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NEW YORK (

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) -- Lawyers for

Samsung Electronics

offered

Apple

(AAPL) - Get Apple Inc. Report

a patent dispute deal that would allow Samsung to launch the Galaxy Tab 10.1 device in Australia, according to a report.

If the agreement is accepted by Apple, the tablet could launch next week, a Samsung attorney told

Dow Jones Newswires

after a hearing in Federal Court in Sydney..

The details of the agreement weren't clear. But Apple attorney Stephen Burley said there was some potential benefit from an agreement.

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"(Samsung's) inconvenience would be diminished and we would be comforted" by such a deal, he told

Dow Jones

.

David Catterns, the Samsung attorney, said the deal would allow the company to sell its new tablet computer ahead of the Christmas sales period.

In Australia, Apple is seeking a temporary sales injunction against Samsung's Galaxy Tablet. Apple has

brought a number of suits against Samsung across the globe

, claiming Samsung's smartphones and tablets copy Apple's iPhone and iPad.

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