A week after an Australian court ruled that Samsung indeed didn’t “slavishly copy” the iPad with their Galaxy Tab 10.1, the company told the Sydney Morning Herald that the court cases have helped make their device a “household name”.

While declining to comment on sales potentially missed during the ongoing proceedings, Samsung’s vp of telecommunications for Australia, Tyler McGee, had this to say in an interview this morning:

At the end of the day the media awareness certainly made the Galaxy Tab 10.1 a household name compared to probably what it would’ve been based on the investment that we would’ve put into it from a marketing perspective.

He also made a point of noting that the altered Australian version of the Galaxy Tab will essentially be the same apart from minor design changes saying,”If you look at the specs of the device they’re identical to the global device that’s available out there.” The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is expected to land in Australian stores this week, while the company says the 7.7-inch version and 8.9-inch version would be available sometime in Q1 2012.

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