Patents

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
coolness, galaxy tab, ipad, uk

Companies:
apple, samsung



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.

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    Wally (profile), 9 Jul 2012 @ 6:27pm

    Re: Re:Function over form

    I agree with you. Apple was the first to take the plunge into an untouched, very risky market. You're absolutely right in saying they took a huge risk. Part of innovation is taking risks. Apple took a risk with the iPad when others wouldn't. Once others found out the market had a niche, they all went the same direction. It might not have been innovation in some cases, but at least they launched the tablet industry into new heights by taking the risk. They may not have alway been first, but they certainly strive for better, easier to use products. The reason why Apple has sold so many devices is they make it way easier to learn the interface. My 4th gen iPod touch came with a two sided card with pictures showing the gestures and everything else was there.

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