UK Judge: Samsung Wins Over Apple In Patent Dispute Because Its Tablet Isn't As Cool As iPad

from the that's-one-way-to-do-it dept

While the judge in the US banned Samsung's devices claiming it was likely that Samsung violated Apple's patents, there was a different result in the UK... where a judge has decided that Samsung didn't violate Apple's design patent, because it's obvious that Samsung's Galaxy Tab is just not as cool as Apple's iPad.
"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."
Amusingly, of course, this puts Samsung in the position of celebrating its lack of coolness.

In the end, this is the right result, but the reasoning is a bit odd, frankly. When patent disputes are being determined based on a judge's determination of "coolness," it seems like perhaps something is wrong with the system itself.

Filed Under: coolness, galaxy tab, ipad, uk
Companies: apple, samsung


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  1. icon
    Wally (profile), 12 Jul 2012 @ 6:53am

    Re: Re: Re: Who Copied Who?

    Haptic Feedback refers to the singnals your fingers send from the nerve endings to your brain. The iPod touch's and iPhone's and iPad's touch screens detect the electric signals from your haptic nerve endings in your finger tips. When you feel the screen a positive charge is detected on one end of the HAPTIC nerve, the signal is sent to your brain as "oh, this is solid" which goes back to the finger in a complete circuit to detect if your finger is still there...a negative charge. So basically the moment your brain feels the screen, the device picks up on the electric signals being used by your brain that signal the sense of touch. You feel you touch the screen, no real extra feedback.

    Ever wonder why an iOS device with a touch screen will not work with a plastic stylus? There is your answer.

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