Samsung alters tablet design for Germany

Samsung Electronics said on Thursday it had modified the design of its newest tablet PC to bypass a sales ban in Germany, and would start selling it there as early as this week.

Samsung alters tablet design for Germany
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The Galaxy Tab 10.1N, based on the Galaxy Tab 10.1, has a different metal frame and the location of the speakers has been changed, a spokesman for the South Korean company told AFP.

Samsung was dealt a blow in September, when a German court ruled that it infringed upon Apple’s design patents for its iPad. The court banned sales and marketing for the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

In a spate of lawsuits, Samsung and Apple accused each other of copying designs or technology for each other’s smartphones and tablet computers.

Apart from Germany, they have also launched patent claims against each another in the United States, Japan, South Korea and Australia.

Apple won a victory against Samsung in Australia last month, when a judge upheld a temporary injunction blocking the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Later in October Samsung announced it was trying to block the sale of Apple’s newest product, the iPhone 4S, in Japan and Australia.

Motorola earlier this month won an injunction banning Apple Germany’s parent company, Apple Inc., from marketing mobile devices in Germany but Apple has apparently been able to work around it and is still selling its iPhones and iPads here.


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