Galaxy Tab 10.1 doesn’t infringe iPad design rules says Supreme court in the Netherlands

Apple has tried to ban the Tab 10.1 in the Netherlands because they said it infringed their design patents. They said it was a rectangular shape with rounded corners.
The Supreme Court said in the verdict: Apple’s design right is valid, but the protection it offers is very limited due to earlier similar designs, also known as prior art.

Because the shape and form are in many more products manufactured by many other companies this limits Apple’s design right.

“Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners,” “No company should have a monopoly on general designs,” Samsung stated.

Apple did not comment at all on the verdict.


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3 years 11 months ago

The first tablet with round corner?

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3 years 11 months ago

The courts need to start “reverse penalizing” apple for frivolously asking other companies to go the expense of defending themselves on ridiculous claims. Generally, they would be forced to cover the defendants legal fees anyway, but due to the targeted, world wide nature of what they have been doing, i would like to see them fined to the point of second guessing their strategy.

3 years 11 months ago

i still find it baffling that Apple were given a patent for a rectangle shaped tablet. It’s like they made their tablets and phones this shape to meet their design choice either, that’s the shape screens come in…what did Apple want every manufacturer to do? make their tabelts and phone square?

3 years 11 months ago

I more hate apple bcos of this.
Go Sammy, love u and bring more innovation and better technology to our life.

3 years 11 months ago

Apple needs to stfu. Before iPad, there was the kindle reader. All Apple did wss add a color touch screen.