Samsung has revealed it will release a modified version the Galaxy tab 10.1 in Germany in hope the device can be sold in the country.

The tablet PC, which runs Google's Android operating system, was banned from sale in Germany just days after it had been officially launched because Apple had obtained a temporary injunction against the device after claiming it "slavishly" copied the design and technology of Apple's iPhone and iPad.

However, the Korean tech giant has now tweaked the device in the hope that it can be made commercially available in the country.

"The newly modified device will be renamed the Galaxy Tab 10.1N and we've made two changes to the design," Samsung spokesman Jason Kim told the Wall Street Journal.

"The design of the bezel has been changed and the speaker has also been relocated."

The Regional Court of Dusseldorf initially granted the preliminary injunction, which covered the whole of the EU, after Apple claimed the tablet PC infringed Apple's patents covering the iPad and the iPhone. In particular, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a similar size to Apple's iPad 2 and is slightly thinner than Apple's tablet PC.

"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. This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple's intellectual property when companies steal our ideas," Apple said at the time.

However, a week later the injunction was lifted in all countries except Germany after concerns were raised whether a German court had the power to halt the sales of devices outside Germany if the company's HQ is based in South Korea.

At the end of August the injunction was upheld, after a hearing where Apple presented evidence to substantiate its clams and then nearly two weeks later, the district court in Düsseldorf rule the injunction was to become permanent.

Apple has yet to comment on Samsung's revelation.

Image courtesy of Mobiflip. Galaxy Tab 10.1N is at the top of the picture.
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