The leading German news agency, dpa, and the AllAboutSamsung blog report that the Düsseldorf Regional Court has denied Apple‘s motion for a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1N.
The court determined [translated version] that the 10.1N is reasonably distinct from Apple’s products and, therefore, does not constitute an infringement of Apple’s Community design (the EU equivalent of a U.S. design patent) or the German law against unfair competition.
Apple in a global intellectual property battle has claimed the South-Korean’s Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets copied the iPhone and iPad. The iPad maker is fighting several rival smartphones makers and tablet PCs in courts worldwide over intellectual property issues.
Samsung, which is Apple’s supplier as well as a competitor, has been trying to have the ban on sales of the original Galaxy Tab in Germany overturned while the ban was upheld by a court last week. The company has counter-sued Apple in Germany, claiming infringements of mobile technology patents.