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Samsung scores a victory over Apple in UK High Court

Judge rules Galaxy Tab line doesn't infringe Apple design patents
Mon Jul 09 2012, 14:16
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

THE UK HIGH COURT has ruled that Samsung's Galaxy Tab range doesn't infringe Apple patents, which means that Samsung can continue to sell the devices here in Blighty.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1Apple has already managed to ban the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the US, thanks to its claims that the device "slavishly copies" its Ipad tablet. However, the firm has had less luck here in the UK, as a judge has ruled that there are "clear differences" between the two devices.

Judge Birss ruled that there are a number of differences between the Galaxy Tab and Apple Ipad designs, saying "the most significant difference is the detailing on the back of each of the tablets".

"From the front they belong to the family which includes the Apple design; but the Samsung products are very thin, almost insubstantial members of that family with unusual details on the back", Birss ruled.

Unsurprisingly, Samsung is pleased with the ruling. In a statement issued to The INQUIRER a spokesperson said, "Samsung welcomes today's judgment, which affirms our position that our Galaxy Tab products do not infringe Apple's registered design right. As the ruling proves, the origins of Apple's registered design features can be found in numerous examples of prior art."

"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."

Apple refused to comment on today's ruling and reissued its previous statement on the issues it has with Samsung's designs.

"It's no coincidence that Samsung's latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging," it said.

"This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we've said many times before, we need to protect Apple's intellectual property when companies steal our ideas." µ


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