It’s a win-win situation for both Apple and Samsung, who are been fighting legal battles since Apple accused Samsung of stealing Apple’s designs and technological ideas. Recently an English judge ruled out that Samsung didn’t infringe Apple’s Intellectual property as Samsung’s Galaxy Tablets did have the cool factor like the iPads.
Judge Colin Birss said in a ruling on Monday in London that, Galaxy tabs lack the understated simplicity and functionality of the iPads design and they weren’t cool enough.
Samsung welcomed the verdict in emailed statement, said that this ruling proves that Samsung’s Galaxy Tablets didn’t imitate Apple’s products licensed designs. The ruling also depicts that Apple’s registered design attributes comes from various examples of prior art.
If Apple continues with these kinds of excessive legal lawsuits in other countries based on such non proprietary designs, this will not only harm innovation in the industry but also limit consumer choices.
This isn’t a first setback for Apple. Earlier English courts dismissed Apple’s claims of the ‘Slide Locking’; feature in iOS devices didn’t apply for HTC smartphones.
However, recently a District judge in the US, banned sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Nexus, though the ban of the Nexus was uplifted on Friday prior to a formal request by Apple.
When contacted for comments Apple’s spokesperson reinstated it earlier statement, stating that Samsung’s latest offerings imitates the iPhone and iPad’s designs, UI as well the packaging. This kind of blatant imitation of our products is wrong and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property from companies stealing our ideas