Court Says Samsung Tablets Are "Not As Cool" As iPads
While Samsung is not doing well against Apple in one of the largest mobile phones and tablets infringing wars in the United States, in the United Kingdom they are actually doing pretty well. In the UK, Judge Colin Birss said that the Samsung tablets do not infringe on Apple’s patent in the case involving the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7.
Initially, Samsung had asked the high court to state that their tablets do not infringe on the patent. Apple followed up on Samsung request saying that Samsung has infringed on their patents. When Judge Briss decided whether Samsung infringed Apple’s patents, he announced that Samsung did not infringe on Apple patents, saying that there are more than 50 design differences between Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and Apple’s iPad (and the differences are clearly visible on the front panel, side panels, and rear panels) and that the Galaxy tablets “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool. The overall impression produced is different”.
“The Samsung tablets do not infringe Apple’s registered design No. 000181607-0001.”
This just comes after the news in the United States saying that Samsung is banned from selling the petitioning to have the ban on the Galaxy Nexus phone removed. Hopefully, Samsung will also win again in the United States also. As of right now, Apple has less than 21 days to appeal to the judge’s ruling. It is assumed that Apple will appeal the court’s decision. Apple also has another battle with HTC over more patent infringements. The game never ends.