Clever naming strategies aside, Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) isn’t buying Samsung’s argument that a revamped version of its Galaxy Tab can skate free of an injunction on the original version. The iPad maker filed for an injunction against the new device Tuesday in Germany and a hearing is scheduled for late December.
Samsung and Apple have been locked in legal combat for months over the Galaxy Tab, and whether it infringes on a design patent held by Apple for the iPad. Earlier this year a court ruled that the Galaxy Tab did in fact infringe on that patent, which banned sales of the device in Germany. But Samsung released a “brand-new” version of the Tab, the Galaxy Tab 10.1N, which seemed to consist of little more than a few changes to the edge of the tablet.
Apple has asked for a ruling on the new device, according to a report from Dow Jones. Apple’s request is pending, which means Samsung can continue to selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1N during the holiday season until the hearing, which is scheduled for December 22nd. But it’s obviously still another legal headache for Samsung and its tablet group, which hasn’t even managed to outsell the likes of HP’s Touchpad in the U.S. during all the commotion.