Apple has failed in its attempts to win a sales injunction against the redesigned Galaxy Tab 10.1N device Samsung in Germany.
Samsung launched the redesigned Galaxy Tab 10.1N (pictured left above) in order to circumvent a ban on the regular device, which Apple won.
It was granted because the design of the tablet was deemed too similar to that of Apple's own iPad models, for which it holds patents.
Apple then attempted to have the redesigned device banned too for similar reasons. But a court in Germany has upheld an original decision made last week which also rejected the request.
The South Korean manufacturer was understandably pleased with the decision.
"Samsung welcomes the today's ruling by the Dusseldorf Regional Court which affirms our position that the Galaxy Tab 10.1N is distinctive and does not infringe the intellectual property rights asserted by Apple," it said.
V3 contacted Apple but it just issued the same statement as before.
"It's no coincidence that Samsung's latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging," it said.
"This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple's intellectual property when companies steal our ideas."
Patent analyst Florian Mueller said in a blog post that while the ruling was good news for Samsung it did not mean the firm was free from Apple's legal challenges.
"Today's decision is merely the denial of a preliminary injunction. In parallel to all those efforts to have different Samsung tablets banned as a result of fast-track proceedings, Apple continues to assert four different design-related rights against 10 Samsung smartphones and five Samsung tablets, including the ones against which Apple sought preliminary injunctions," he said.
"That case will take more time to be resolved. Whatever the courts decided so far is not going to be binding on them when they adjudicate the case at the end of the full-blown main proceeding."
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