High Court sides with Samsung in its patent war with Apple

News Matt Bene 16:40, 9 Jul 2012

Samsung can continue selling its Galaxy Tab in the UK after the High Court rules Apple patents were not violated

The High Court of England and Wales has sided with Samsung in the Korean manufacturer's battle against Apple's patent violation claims.

The court concluded today that there are distinct differences between the Apple iPad and the Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 8.9. As a result of this decision, Samsung's Galaxy tablets can continue to be sold in the UK.

Judge Colin Birss ruled that there were noticeable differences between the Galaxy Tab and the iPad, but the most important is the detail on the back of the Galaxy Tabs that is not on the iPad saying, ‘the court found the most vivid differences in the rear surface design, a part of tablets that allows designers a high degree of freedom for creativity, as there are no display panels, buttons, or any technical functions.'

Birss also stated that the Galaxy tablets ‘do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool.'

Samsung is undoubtedly pleased by the High Court's decision as it is a meaningful victory after it lost the same legal battle in the US saying, ‘Samsung welcomes today's judgement, 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 can be found in numerous examples of prior art.'

Apple has 21 days to appeal the court's decision.

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