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. identicon
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, 9 Jul 2012 @ 6:14pm

    Who Copied Who?

    LG Prada—first shown publicly a month before the first Iphone was announced.

    And if you think a month is too soon for one firm to copy another, then how about the Samsung F700, announced just a month after the Iphone.

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