A German judge has said that he is unlikely to grant Apple an injuction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N.

According to Bloomberg, Presiding Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann said in a hearing today that Samsung has changed the design of the tablet PC sufficiently, making it obvious to consumers that it was different to Apple's iPad.

"Consumers are well aware that there is an original and that competitors try to use similar designs, so buyers are vigilant when looking at products. We don’t think that someone buys a Samsung to make his table neighbor at the coffee house believe he owns an iPad," she said.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N has been on sale in Germany since mid-November, after the company was forced to make a number of changes to the design when Apple won a block on sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the country in September.

But Apple lodged its objections to the Galaxy Tab 10.1N at the end of November, and is outlining its arguments to the court today. 

Judge Brueckner-Hofmann said that her view was preliminary and could change.