UK Judge Rules Samsung Galaxy Tab Doesn’t Infringe on Apple’s iPad Because “It’s Not As Cool”

Another day, yet another lawsuit between Apple and Samsung. This time round the two companies were fighting the patent war in the UK.

The Verge reports that UK judge in the High Court of Justice’s Chancery Division today ruled that Samsung’s Galaxy tab did not infringe on Apple’s iPad as it was not as well designed as Apple’s product.

The Verge reports”

In the ruling, UK Judge Colin Biriss said that Galaxy Tab models “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design,” concluding with the rather subjective claim that “they are not as cool.” The court did find that there were major similarities in the design, noting that “the view from the front is really very striking. The Galaxy tablets are not identical to the Apple design but they are very, very similar in this respect.” However, differences in the styling of the backs of the tablets and “the thinness of the Galaxy tablets” was apparently enough to overcome that front-facing similarity.

Despite the dig at Samsung, the ruling should come as a relief for Samsung as it had a major setback for the company in the U.S. last week as Apple was granted an injunction banning the sales of Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the U.S..


Samsung issued the following statement (via Bloomberg):

“Should Apple continue to make excessive legal claims in other countries based on such generic designs, innovation in the industry could be harmed and consumer choice unduly limited,”

It will be interesting to see how Apple responds to the ruling.

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