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
    Anonymous Coward, 9 Jul 2012 @ 7:34pm

    Re: Re: Who Copied Who?

    The original iPhone had haptic feedback? and what do you mean by haptic feedback?

    http://www.gsmarena.com/apple_iphone-1827.php

    And by saying "capacitance" you sound like you are talking about the display where the iPhone too use a capacitance TFT.

    Further up until March 2012 it seems, there was no haptic feedback different from others in the iPhone.

    Quote:
    Right now if you want any kind of haptic feedback from your iPhone, you’re out of luck. A number of Android OEMs implement a form of haptic feedback by using the phone’s vibration motor on keypresses, but it’s never felt quite right to us. Apple have reportedly filed a patent application which may solve the problem, and could already be looking into manufacturing possibilities.

    http://www.slashgear.com/apple-patent-outlines-iphone-haptic-feedback-system-2221959 8/

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