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Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 06:15 am PT (09:15 am ET)

Apple targets Galaxy S II, 9 other Samsung smartphones in new German suit

Apple's latest lawsuits against Samsung have asked a German court to ban the sale of the Galaxy S II and nine other smartphones, along with five tablet models.

The new suit was filed in the Dusseldorf Regional Court and cites multiple patented designs owned by Apple in Europe, according to Bloomberg. A separate lawsuit also targets five Samsung tablets, and is related to a September ruling that barred sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Though Apple managed to initially block the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany, Samsung redesigned the device and renamed it the Galaxy Tab 10.1N. Those changes were apparently enough for the court in Germany, which indicated last month that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is not likely to be banned from sale.

As for the smartphone suit, it targets Samsung's Galaxy S Plus in addition to the Galaxy S II. No other individual smartphone models were identified in the report, but there are said to be 10 in all named.

"The new suits aren't filed under emergency proceedings and allow Apple a new procedure against both models," author Karin Matussek wrote. A spokesperson for Samsung confirmed the South Korean electronics maker had received both lawsuits from Apple.

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Samsung Galaxy S II, photo via Cnet.


Apple made the first attack in the courtroom against Samsung in April, with a lawsuit accusing the company of copying the look and feel of the iPhone and iPad. That sparked a worldwide legal battle in which both companies have accused the other of patent infringement.

The lawsuits have continued to grow, and now span over 10 countries across four continents. Earlier this month, Samsung unsuccessfully tried to bar sales of the iPhone in Italy.