Samsung won a battle in its ongoing patent war against Apple in a German court today. Reuters reports that the new court decision clears the way for Samsungs Galaxy Tab 10.1N to officially be sold in that country, despite objections from Apple that the Android-powered tablets modified design still violates Apples design patents.
The variation of the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 was made just for German consumers and has some superficial design changes such as moving the speakers to the front instead of having them on the side of the tablet. The bezel for the Galaxy Tab 10.1N also has a silver color compared to the originals black and white.
Apple tried to object to the Galaxy Tab 10.1Ns sale in Germany, saying that the changes that Samsung made were not enough and that the tablet was still too similar in design to Apples iPad. Today, the state court in Duesseldorf disagreed with Apples viewpoint, ruling that there were "clear differences" between the two products.