It has been reported by Dow Jones that Apple has been filing a request for the preliminary injunction that would be banning Samsungs newest Galaxy Tab 10.1N from being sold in Germany. Samsung released the 10.1N in hopes that with it’s newest design tweaks in the variant of the first Galaxy Tab 10.1 which is already banned from being sold within Germany coming from an earlier injunction that was made before.
Apple has requested a preliminary injunction, and the Duesseldorf regional court has scheduled a hearing on the matter on Dec. 22, a spokesman for the court told Dow Jones Newswires on Tuesday.
The move has no effect on sales and distribution of the product, Samsung said in an emailed statement, while Apple repeated earlier comments that it intends to protect its intellectual property.
The design of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was slightly moved around within it’s hardware in the 10.1N, which resulted in a frame which would wrap around just slightly on the front of the device making it have two shorter sides. It was felt by Apple, that clearly the design is not good enough to slip through the cracks of not copying the iPad, as they ruled that the Galaxy Tab is infringing on the designs of the Apple iPad, and so they ran over to the court and filed another injunction. Poor Samsung.
Though on the other side, it has been confirmed by FOSS Patents that the initial injunction given by Apple has been awarded directly against the Galaxy Tab within Germany, as it is in fact covering all the three released sizes of the Galaxy being the 10.1, 8.9, and last but not least 7.7. It has been cited by Apple with this injunction, with a filing in the U.S. case directly over Samsung which shows how Apple is using their string of wins over Samsung in the international courts, bolstering the case in the U.S.