U.K. Judge Says Samsung Tablets Are Not Cool Enough To Be Confused With An iPad

Posted Jul 9, 2012

Samsung has won a ruling after a judge in the U.K. said that the Galaxy tablets are not “cool” enough to be confused with an Apple iPad. The design for three Galaxy tablets do not infringe on Apple’s registered design said Judge Colin Birss in London during a court battle between both companies.

The Galaxy tablets ?do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design,? said Judge Birss. ?They are not as cool.?

Apple is battling Samsung and HTC in several courts across the world. Apple has accused both companies of violating patents related to technology and design. Samsung and Apple are responsible for over half of the smartphones sold worldwide.

?It?s no coincidence that Samsung?s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad,? said Apple spokesman Alan Hely in a statement that does not reflect upon this ruling. ?This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we?ve said many times before, we need to protect Apple?s intellectual property.?

The judge said that the Samsung products were distinctive because they were thinner and had “unusual details” on the back. Apple has 21 days to appeal.

The case was filed under:
The case is Samsung Electronics (UK) Limited & Anr v. Apple Inc., High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, HC11C03050.