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Nov212011

Apple v. Samsung: "Design Around" in Germany

On November 16, 2011, FOSS Patents reported on Samsung releasing an updated version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with a revised visual design.  This updated version is expected to available for sale in Germany shortly.

The revised tablet is now called the Galaxy Tab 10.1N.  Does this N refer to Non-infringing?

MOBIFLIP.de posted the image below comparing of the 10.N (top) and the 10.1 (bottom).

Most notable in the above images, the bezel on the N is more pronouced.  The bezel on the N has relatively large left and right sides.  Further, as more clearly shown in the image below reproduced from Engadget, speaker ports are provided on the left and right sides of the bezel.

Will these changes be enough to overcome Apple's European Community Design No. 000181607-0001?

Representative images from the Community Design are provided below.  The Community Design relates to U.S. D504,899, and shows a bezel which appears to be narrow than that of the 10.1N, at least along the sides.  Additionally, there does not appear to be any speaker ports provided in the side bezel.

 

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