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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    Duke (profile), 10 Jul 2012 @ 2:30am

    Re: Re: Not a Patent dispute!

    ... no, they're design rights. Either registered, unregistered or community (in England). They work differently, require different registration, cover different things, last (in some cases) different durations and come from different bits of law.

    Patents cover processes, design rights cover shapes (and designs), copyright covers expressions of ideas, trademarks cover brands, performance rights cover performances, and so on. They are all subtly (or not so subtly, in some cases) different.

    Saying design rights are patents on designs seems like saying a physical right of access is like a patent on a footpath... also, I'm fairly certain I'm not your son.

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