Apple loses UK Samsung Galaxy Tab patent case

Having been banned from sale in the US, Samsung has won a patent dispute with Apple in the UK

Standing up to the might of the Apple iPad, Smsung has won a UK patent case with Apple covering the full Samsung Galaxy Tab range

Amid the ongoing sales bans in the US, a British court has ruled that the Samsung Galaxy Tab range does not infringe on Apple held patents as a judge suggests Samsung’s tablet offerings are not ‘cool’ enough to be mistaken for the iPad.

Covering off the full collection of Galaxy Tab branded Samsung tablets, from the recently launched 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 to the more established, and injunction hit, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the UK ruling has see London based judge Colin Birss go against the recent decisions in the US.

Despite US District Court Judge Lucy Koh last week enforced a US sales ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 stating Samsung "does not have a right to compete unfairly by flooding the market with infringing products,” the UK’s Judge Birss has found in favour of the Korean tech giant.

He said: "(Samsung's tablets) do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design." He added: “They are not as cool."

“The court found numerous Apple design features to lack originality, and numerous identical design features to have been visible in a wide range of earlier tablet designs from before 2004,” an official Samsung spokesperson said in a scathing attack on its Cupertino based rival.

The Samsung statement added: "Equally important, the court also found distinct differences between the Samsung and Apple tablet designs, which the court claimed were apparent to the naked eye.

"Samsung believes Apple's excessive legal claims based on such a generic design right can harm not only the industry's innovation as a whole, but also unduly limit consumer choice."

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Via: AppleInsider