Samsung's patent claim that Apple infringed its 3G patents will be heard by an Australian court in March 2012.
Samsung is seeking to ban sales of the iPhone 4S in the country although the court has ruled that the handset can continue to be sold until that time.
Apple and Samsung have been locked in a legal battle in 10 countries over patents for smartphones and tablet computers – see a table of patent disputes here:
Apple's lawyers had wanted the hearing to be held in August but the judge rejected the idea.
The case in Australia centres around the South Korean company's claim that Apple infringes its 3G wireless intellectual property.
Samsung said other ‘major’ firms had sought to license its technologies, but that Apple never tried.
Apple's lawyers said they needed more time to prepare their case. They are expected to claim that Samsung demanded unreasonable terms.
Justice Annabelle Bennett said it was not an option to wait until August. ‘The longer it's left the harder it will be for Samsung,’ the BBC reported her as saying.
She also noted that Apple had pushed for a faster timeline in another dispute. The US firm has claimed Samsung's Galaxy Tab10.1 tablet infringed its touch-screen and gesture patents. Last month the Australian Federal Court granted Apple a temporary injunction blocking the sale of the tablet.
The patent issue is not the only headache for Apple as criticisms continue to be made about its new mobile operating system iOS 5.
In a statement, Apple said: ‘The recent iOS software update addressed many of the battery issues that some customers experienced on their iOS 5 devices. We continue to investigate a few remaining issues.’
Read why Motorola’s former creative experience director Simon Rockman argues that all the suing and counter-suing over patents is bad for both manufacturers and consumers here,