“In recent months, Apple won preliminary injunctions in Germany against three different form factors of Samsung’s Android-based tablet computer: the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Galaxy Tab 8.9, and the Galaxy Tab 7.7,” Florian Mueller reports for FOXX patents. “And Cupertino is now shooting for its fourth German Galaxy Tab injunction: Dow Jones Newswires reports that Apple has filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1N, and the Düsseldorf Regional Court has scheduled a hearing for December 22, 2011.”

Mueller reports, “The Galaxy Tab 10.1N has the same technical specifications as the banned Galaxy Tab 10.1, but a different design that appears to have been created by Samsung’s designers in close collaboration with their German lawyers.”

MacDailyNews Take: Why bother with a Jony Ive when you can have a team of German lawyers design your Apple knockoffs instead?

Mueller writes, “Quite apparently, Apple believes that Samsung’s design modifications didn’t go far enough. Presumably, Apple will argue on the basis of both a design-related right (a so-called Community design) and rules against unfair competition. Apple did both of that in the summer, but after the court found Apple’s asserted Community design infringed, it didn’t have to analyze Apple’s unfair competition claims. I think there’s a greatly increased likelihood that those competition claims will be discussed at the December 22 hearing.”

Much more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Florian Mueller” for the heads up.]