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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    drhead (profile), 10 Jul 2012 @ 2:01pm

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    I'd also like to mention that iTunes received an update containing references to what would be the iPhone some time in September of 2006. The LG Prada was first announced on December 12, 2006. Now, unless Apple's Time Machine backup drive has some interesting hidden features, I don't think they copied it. In fact, the iPhone has been in development since 2005 at least.

    http://www.wired.com/gadgets/wireless/magazine/16-02/ff_iphone

    Just because the phones ended up looking alike doesn't mean a thing. It's called 'convergent evolution'. Sharks and dolphins look alike, but they are clearly different. The sharks aren't suing the dolphins over copying their design.

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