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), 9 Jul 2012 @ 6:14pm

    Re: Re:528KB

    Ok, I need to slap you with a bit of tech history.
    1. It's 640KB and it's a quote by one Wiilam Henry Gates III in reference to the maximum amount on the IBM.
    2. RAM was super expensive in the early 80's and cost upwards of US$1,000 per megabyte.
    3. The first Macintosh (1984) had 128KB of ram.
    3a. The doomed Apple Lisa (of which Steve Jobs had no affiliation to that product) cost US$10,000. Most of that was because it had 1Megabyte of RAM and that cost would be the only way to recover the cost of marketing and manufacturing

    4. Bill Gates referred to 640KB RAM being all the RAM MSDos needed to run so it won't read any more than that.

    Now judging by your response "528kb of storage is enough for everybody", you are either Trolling, are no older than 18 and grew up in an erra where you had more than 32MB of RAM to work with on a regular basis for all your life, or both. You know nothing of the past or make a mockery of important human history, neither of which I tolerate very easily.

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