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German court sets Samsung and Apple hearing

Samsung will try to overturn an EU ban on its flagship Galaxy tablets at a German court later this month.

A Düsseldorf court temporarily barred Samsung from selling its tablets earlier this week following an injunction filed by Apple which had said the Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets "slavishly" copied its iPad and iPhone.

Apple has also sued Samsung in the United States, Australia and elsewhere in the global intellectual property battle. 

Samsung, whose tablets are based on Google's Android software, has countersued Apple.

Apple has also filed an injunction at a court in The Hague on three patent, copyright and design infringements, to stop the sale of some Samsung products in the Netherlands and block their distribution in the EU via the Netherlands.

The August 25 hearing will be followed by a decision, likely within a few weeks.

Dutch judge Edger Brinkman has told the court he would decide on the case by September 15, adding that if he ruled in Apple's favour, the injunction would come into effect four weeks later, on October 13.

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