Judge Rules ‘Not as Cool’ Galaxy Tab Doesn’t Infringe on iPad

The latest ruling in the legal battle between Apple and Samsung across ten countries comes from London, where U.K. Judge Colin Birss said today that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab lineup of tablets are unlikely to be confused with the iPad because they “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design,” according to Birss. “They are not as cool,” the judge added.

Samsung was pleased with the ruling, noting that Apple continues to harm innovation in the consumer electronics industry by engaging in numerous lawsuits against its competitors. Apple has been involved in a lengthy legal battle with Samsung that dates back to April 2011, asserting that the South Korean electronics maker continues to “slavishly” copy the look and feel of its iPad and iPhone products.

“Should Apple continue to make excessive legal claims in other countries based on such generic designs, innovation in the industry could be harmed and consumer choice unduly limited,” Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung said in an e-mailed statement.

The judge claims that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab tablets are distinguishable from the iPad because they are thinner and have several “unusual details” on the back. On the contrary, a sales ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 continues to be enforced in the United States after a judge sided with Apple in a similar patent case. Apple has been given 21 days to appeal the ruling made by Birss, but has yet to respond to the case.


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