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German court bans sales of new Samsung tablet

Samsung has stopped promoting its new tablet Galaxy Tab 7.7 at the IFA electronics show after a court-ordered sales injunction.

South Korean company Samsung was ordered by a Dusseldorf court to stop selling the new Galaxy Tab 7.7 when the Europe's biggest consumer electronics fair began, the latest setback for the company in its global patent battle with Apple. 

The move follows an earlier ban on German sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 by the court in late August until its final ruling on September 9.

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the latest addition to Samsung's range of Galaxy product.

It was first unveiled at the show along with 5.3-inch Galaxy Note, which Samsung hopes to create a new product category with and fill the gap between smartphones and tablets.

"The product is not on sale yet but we've decided to respect the court order," Samsung spokesman James Chung said.

Samsung and Apple have been locked in dispute over smartphones and tablets patents since April as Apple seeks to rein in the growth of Google's Android phones by taking directly aim at Samsung, the biggest Android vendor.

Apple has argued that Samsung had infringed on its patents and the Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets "slavishly" copied its design, look and feel.

It is fighting legal battles in the United States as well as Europe, South Korea and Australia and the battle has forced Samsung to delay its tablet sales in Australia twice.

Samsung has counter-sued, arguing Apple infringed its wireless patents.

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is powered by a dual 1.2 GHz processor and uses a 7.7-inch super-bright active matrix organic light emitting diode (AMOLED) screen.

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