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Apple: Samsung did not copy the iPad

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From: http://www.apple.com/uk/legal-judgement/

Samsung / Apple UK judgement

On 9th July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronic(UK) Limited’s Galaxy Tablet Computer, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do notinfringe Apple’s registered design No. 0000181607-0001. A copy of the full judgment of the Highcourt is available on the following link www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Patents/2012/1882.html.

In the ruling, the judge made several important points comparing the designs of the Apple and Samsung products:

“The extreme simplicity of the Apple design is striking. Overall it has undecorated flat surfaces with a plate of glass on the front all the way out to a very thin rim and a blank back. There is a crisp edge around the rim and a combination of curves, both at the corners and the sides. The design looks like an object the informed user would want to pick up and hold. It is an understated, smooth and simple product. It is a cool design.”

“The informed user’s overall impression of each of the Samsung Galaxy Tablets is the following. From the front they belong to the family which includes the Apple design; but the Samsung products are very thin, almost insubstantial members of that family with unusual details on the back. They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool.”

That Judgment has effect throughout the European Union and was upheld by the Court of Appeal on 18 October 2012. A copy of the Court of Appeal’s judgment is available on the following link www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2012/1339.html. There is no injunction in respect of the registered design in force anywhere in Europe.

However, in a case tried in Germany regarding the same patent, the court found that Samsung engaged in unfair competition by copying the iPad design. A U.S. jury also found Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple’s design and utility patents, awarding over one billion U.S. dollars in damages to Apple Inc. So while the U.K. court did not find Samsung guilty of infringement, other courts have recognized that in the course of creating its Galaxy tablet, Samsung willfully copied Apple’s far more popular iPad.

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9 comments on “Apple: Samsung did not copy the iPad

  1. sheepybach 1 year ago said:

    I can’t believe that Apple have put this out, No where in there does it state what the Judge told them what needed to be there. The Court and Judge are not happy at the moment and have had no end of contact from the public in the UK as it looks like they have ripped into the Judge and Samsung over the ruling, making out the Judge does not know what he’s on about. That here does not go down very good. So look out Apple he’ll be onto you.

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  2. Glenns 1 year ago said:

    This is a disgrace! I really hope the Judge is made aware of this, they are making him look a fool and mocking our legal system and its judgements.

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  3. sheepybach 1 year ago said:

    He’s aware of it and my understanding is that he is spitting feathers

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  4. SAJEL SAXENA 1 year ago said:

    I was waiting for this to happen from a long time.
    Samsung is no crap, It is not a chinese company who would rob ideas or designs of others.
    Oh Come on! They have no lack of innovators, and cool designers, they can anytime comeout with cool ways for the same thing. Honestly I prefer the Android Mobiles of Samsung more than of any other company, as Samsung Mods are the Best. This was Expected of Apple, and now the world has learned, Dont point your fingure of Samsung, and now I can tease my mates with their so Cool i-Phones, That my cell is not a damn copy of any design from apple, and hence its authentic, and it worth every penny.
    I am a user of Cyanogen mod, but I always prefer Samsung mod, so I keep on swaping the OS on monthly basis.

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  5. himsplash 1 year ago said:

    This is a lesson for apple, and their fanboys.

    Iphone sales going down, and its only a matter of time…

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  6. sandman00000 1 year ago said:

    Well figured out that 7.7 does not copy the features of the apple. Surely after that Samsung will not update the owners of Galaxy Tab 7.7 (Android 3.2 brake-bee) to android 4.1? Russia has still not available in June promised update 4.0.4 and release dates are unknown even support Samsung. GT-P6800 firmware how can we expect?

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  7. prusiner 1 year ago said:

    Are not two television just the same? Why two tablets have to differ substantially? Should you do a rounded one in order to calm Apple’s desires to conquer the universe?

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  8. noragen 1 year ago said:

    YES!!!! INDEED! SAMSUNG’S DEVICES ARE NOT SO COOL. REALLY!!!!!!
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    THEY ARE MUCH MORE HOT! THE HOTTEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-D

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  9. Guru1186 1 year ago said:

    yes,what noragen said is is correct

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