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Apple loses UK tablet design appeal versus Samsung

Apple has lost, on Monday, its appeal against a UK ruling that Samsung had not infringed its design rights.

A judge at the High Court in London had originally ruled in July that Samsung’s tablets did not infringe on Apple’s design patents. Apple appealed, but that appeal was not overturned after a review last week. According to theUK Judges, even if there are certainly similarities between the iPad and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10, those similarities do not constitute infringements on Apple’s patents.

The Judge also ordered Apple to run a series of UK ads declaring Samsung is not in fact a copycat. Apple will be forced to place such ads on its UK website for at least six months, and will have to place ads in UK newspapers and magazines like the Daily Mail, Financial Times, T3 Magazine and other publications to “correct the damaging impression” that Samsung was a copycat.

Samsung said the ruling was important in relation to several legal disputes that it is embroiled in with Apple around the world. “We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners and that the origins of Apple’s registered design features can be found in numerous examples of prior art,” it said.

In the initial decision in July, judge Colin Birss said in his ruling that the Samsung tablet does not have the “same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design“, adding: “They are not as cool.”

It is not the end for the Apple-Samsung battle, of course: there are many more suits in many other countries yet to be settled, including a very serious ban on Galaxy Tab imports here in the U.S. The justice system and sensibilities of judges may differ from country to country, but a strong decision like this may tip the scales in Samsung’s favor.

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3 Comments on “Apple loses UK tablet design appeal versus Samsung”

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