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Judge: Samsung did not copy iPad

2012-10-18 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.

 

Comments
  • willbeonekenobi - 2012-10-18 13:43

    Apple has most probably always copied designs from very long ago realising the authors are either dead or not interested in fighting them in court. I'm pretty sure that every 'look' or 'design' of anything has been done before. \r\nIn fact I remember watching the film 'Pirates of Silicon Valley' (about the start of Microsoft and Apple) there is a scene where Steve Jobs complains to Bill Gates that Microsoft had copied his GUI interface for windows to which Gates replies that they (both Jobs and him) got the inspiration from XEROX.

      mmenzisco - 2012-10-18 14:35

      I think, most recently Apple stole the idea from Microsoft OS unreleased Window 8 to include the touch interface on major operating system softwares. Because Apple released two to OS software in the space of 12 months. First was the Snow Leopard which had nothing spell touch interface on it. Later, they released the Mountain Lion which doesn't have much difference from Snow Leopard in terms of interface beside that they included the touch gestures on it. I do not why did they embarrass themselves. That's the way the industry have be playing all long, simple borrowing idea from those who have manage to get certain things right.

  • arno.walt - 2012-10-18 13:48

    A lawsuit a day keeps the Apple away.

  • rob.gunning.1 - 2012-10-18 13:51

    Down with Apple. They are having trouble competing with inovative products so they have to cry about the shapes that other companies are using.... Really low.

      merven.halo - 2012-10-18 15:15

      That is like Dunlop suing Goodyear for using round tires!

      truthbetold221 - 2012-10-18 18:34

      Nice one Merven :)

  • bretton.eveleigh - 2012-10-18 13:53

    Surprise surprise... the only place Apple can win this case is in it's own back yard... ever wonder why? For once the Brits and Americans don't agree! Hehe!

  • steve.nagel.568 - 2012-10-18 13:54

    Yeah - go Samsung & Android!!!

  • ChronicDJ - 2012-10-18 13:55

    Sanity has prevailed. Good job.

  • eduard.homes - 2012-10-18 14:01

    i get the feeling the apple hey days are gone

  • teddy.beer.319 - 2012-10-18 14:17

    If Apple would have won, I was going to patent my own brand of stupidity.

  • merven.halo - 2012-10-18 15:14

    "We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners" I've always been a Apple fan but how where a pad suppose to look then? Did Tedelex got sued because their TVs were square? It is absurd!

  • nosiphom.mazibuko - 2012-10-18 15:17

    Tablet computers with rounded edges were in the market before the iPad - did they measure the radii of the edges as well? Instead of innovating Apple wants to win by having no competition. Microsoft copied the mouse and GUI from Apple long time ago and because Apple lost the race then because of other things other than the mouse and GUI, they now want to block competition from developing similarly looking products. The success of Microsoft and Windows was openning up rather than closing out everyone else - not that I'm a Windows fan.

  • merven.halo - 2012-10-18 15:17

    "We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners" I've always been a Apple fan but how is a pad suppose to look then? Did Tedelex got sued because their TVs were square? It is absurd!

  • boltonbarry - 2012-10-18 16:39

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Go Samsung

  • Nkuleh Kop Luthuli - 2012-10-18 18:50

    Oh really now? Thought Apple was way too better to be claiming for such.

  • ndumiso.c.mabuza - 2012-10-18 22:20

    Apple can't keep up with the competition

  • werner.vanderhorst - 2012-10-19 07:13

    Why don't the producers of "Startrek - The Next generation" sue Apple then? They had visible "...tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners..." on display in the early 90's? (might have been non-functional props, but hey... we're talking shape here, not functionality...)

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