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Judge: Samsung did not copy iPad

Oct 18 2012 13:18

London - Apple has lost an appeal against a UK ruling that Samsung had not infringed its design rights on its iPad tablet, the BBC reports.

This comes after a judge at the High Court in London had initially ruled in July that the design of Samsung's Galaxy Tab computers were not too similar to designs of the iPad.

The judge reportedly said that Samsung's devices were not as "cool" because they lacked Apple's "extreme simplicity".

According to the report, he also ordered Apple to run ads saying Samsung had not infringed its rights.

The judge told Apple that the notice should remain on Apple's website for at least half a year and that other adverts should be placed in various media publications in order to correct the impression that Samsung was a copycat.

A Samsung spokesperson welcomed the ruling.

"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.

"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," the spokesperson was quoted as saying.

Apple had yet to issue a statement.

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