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  • U.K. Judge Says Galaxy Tab Doesn't Violate iPad Design Because It's 'Not As Cool'



    Samsung can rest easy today after a U.K. judge rejected Apple's request to ban sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.

    Judge Birss disagreed with Apple’s claim that Samsung’s tablet violated patents of Apple’s design because Samsung’s offering was not as “cool” as the iPad, therefore few would confuse the two devices despite their similar appearance.

    "They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design," said Judge Birss.

    "They are not as cool," he said. "The overall impression produced is different."

    Apple declined to comment on the U.K. case specifically, only saying that there was “no coincidence” that Samsung’s products so closely resembled theirs. Samsung on the other hand issued a statement calling out Apple for hindering advancement in the industry.

    "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."

    Surprisingly neither side commented on the Judge’s reasoning behind dropping Apple’s claims. I’m not familiar with another case where the Judge decided against patent infringement because one of the parties involved was not as “cool” as the other. The judge might have inadvertently supplied Apple with some advertising fodder.

    Source: BBC
    This article was originally published in forum thread: U.K. Judge Says Galaxy Tab Doesn't Violate iPad Design Because It's 'Not As Cool' started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. Mr. Russian's Avatar
      Mr. Russian -
      Lol so true though
    1. aidanharris's Avatar
      aidanharris -
      When has anything that samsung has ever released been "Cool" though? The only thing of samsung's that even sounds remotely cool is that fridge siri was talking about at WWDC...
    1. Susty's Avatar
      Susty -
      Hahaha... Makes me proud to be a Brit for once! Finally a UK judge who look at a case, made the right decision & retorted something worthwhile.
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      off topic because I can’t post on forums for some reason. Why did google label mmi as malware now? I get a message every page i go to that this website contains malware that may harm you’re computer. sorry about posting off topic :/
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Am I really going to have to read the entire ruling in order to know if that's it -- if that's where the bar is set: 'cool'?

      So, according to Samsung, Apple is 'stifling innovation' by protecting patents when competing products copy look or feel? What's so innovative about that?
    1. scroogelives's Avatar
      scroogelives -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Manley Silberhorn View Post
      off topic because I can’t post on forums for some reason. Why did google label mmi as malware now? I get a message every page i go to that this website contains malware that may harm you’re computer. sorry about posting off topic :/
      Because it is an apple forum lol
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      Quote Originally Posted by quidam_brujah View Post
      Am I really going to have to read the entire ruling in order to know if that's it -- if that's where the bar is set: 'cool'?

      So, according to Samsung, Apple is 'stifling innovation' by protecting patents when competing products copy look or feel? What's so innovative about that?
      “They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design,” Judge Colin Birss QC said.
      “They are not as cool. The overall impression produced is different.”


      “The court found the most vivid differences in the rear surface design, a part of tablets that allows designers a high degree of freedom for creativity, as there are no display panels, buttons, or any technical functions.”



      Also ModMyi runs on windows server and it has been infected.
    1. Breezy215's Avatar
      Breezy215 -
      Quote Originally Posted by aidanharris View Post
      When has anything that samsung has ever released been "Cool" though? The only thing of samsung's that even sounds remotely cool is that fridge siri was talking about at WWDC...
      Now that deserves a GarageBand rimshot! lol good one!
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Samsuck products are uncool. They're cheap n nasty.
    1. Breezy215's Avatar
      Breezy215 -
      I understand to an extent some of the suits based on specific technology infringements, but come on... Design??? All these tablets look the same... That's like a car manufacturer suing another manufacturer for making a car with a sunroof... "Heeeey.... That was our idea!!!" lol

      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      Samsuck products are uncool. They're cheap n nasty.
      lol Samsuck... You have officially changed they're name in my book! lol
    1. emmanravalo's Avatar
      emmanravalo -
      modmyi is now a malware?!! mozilla says that
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Stay on topic. The malware problem is being addressed already and there are multiple threads that are not in the News section asking the same thing.

      Back on topic...cool judge. That reasoning works for me.
    1. hank197857's Avatar
      hank197857 -
      mmyi is back now after being reported by my chrome server as being malware. this google/apple/samsung thing is starting to get ugly. i was afraid that i would have to forego my daily intake of trivia. actually, i would have missed some of you guys.
    1. PokemonDesigner's Avatar
      PokemonDesigner -
      Somebody who actually knows how to shut down a phony crapple lawsuit.
    1. takeshi86's Avatar
      takeshi86 -
      In my humblest opinion the judge was being a bit ironic, and treating Apple's demands like an adult would treat a little kid's unreasonable demands.