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Samsung skirts Apple Galaxy Tab ban

Kathleen Hall

Samsung is to release a modified version of its Galaxy Tab 10.1, in an attempt to skirt Apple's ban under copyright infringement in Germany.

In September, a German court ruled in favour of Apple that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringed copyright on the iPad. It ordered the South Korean company to remove its tablet from the German market.

Following the ruling, Samsung will release the renamed Galaxy Tab 10.1N, which it has revised by modifying the metal frame and relocating the speakers.

Patent consultant Florian Mueller said it is not unusual for a company to work around an injunction in such a way. “I'm not in the position to say that this product definitely steers clear of infringement – that's for the courts to decide," she said. "But without a doubt, Samsung has upped the ante for Apple and its lawyers in case they wish to request a new injunction or allege that this constitutes an infringement of the existing one," he wrote in a blog post.

Samsung bypassed an injunction granted by a Dutch court against several of its smartphones by simply changing the way users flip pages in the photo gallery, added Florian.

Apple and Samsung are locked in a series of patent disputes across the globe, with Apple accusing Samsung of copyright infringement of its touch-screen technology. Samsung, in turn, is seeking an injunction to get the iPhone 4S banned in France and Italy, claiming Apple has failed to licence its 3G technology.


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