According to Judge Colin Birss, design of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is quite different from that of Apple’s iPad. As per the Judge, the Galaxy Tabs “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design,” notes Bloomberg.
“They are not as cool.”, Birss added.
The above comment is ideally a negative one for Samsung but, it will be taken positively by Samsung nonetheless as it shows that generic design of consumer products can’t be patented and no company doesn’t hold design rights for such products.
Samsung was pleased with this ruling and in an emailed statement to Bloomberg stated, “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”.
This win for Samsung in UK may help the Korean consumer electronics giant to probably generate some positives for itself in German court. This is because as per EU rules, “courts in EU jurisdictions must at least consider rulings on similar cases in other EU countries, though they aren’t required to make identical rulings.” notes ARS Technica.
Up untill the UK ruling, Samsung has had the one of the worst two weeks in its patent war against Apple. US court ruled that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and Nexus smartphones infringed upon Apple patents and imposed preliminary injunctions on the sale of both the devices. Following that ruling, US court of Appeals put a temporary hold on the Nexus ban notes FOSS Patents.
Apple and Samsung are going to be locked in battle for atleast few months to go as another round of battle between to two is starting in California in about 3 weeks notes Florian Mueller.