Apple Patent Infringement Claims Dismissed Due to ‘Cool’ Factor

By Joseph Mandour on July 18, 2012

Patent InfringementOrange County – A judge in the United Kingdom recently ruled on Apple’s accusations of patent infringement against its rival Samsung. Apple claimed that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10 had infringed on patents and trademarks related to the iPad that include its design and displays. In the British High Court, Judge Colin Birss, QC, made his ruling and stated that Samsung’s design of its Galaxy tablet could not be mistaken with the iPad because it is just “not as cool” as Apple’s iPad.

While tablets have become a popular commodity in homes and businesses around the world, the competition to make the product has increased rapidly. While tablet sales have grown in the recent years so have claims of patent infringement. Throughout the world courts have been impacted with cases claiming infringement, while a majority of these claims are related to technology. In fact, this loss in the British high court is Apple’s second defeat within the last two weeks. Apple had sued HTC, the Taiwanese manufacturer of the Android for patent infringement. Apple claimed that HTC had been infringing on “prize” technology patents. The court ruled that HTC had not infringed on the patents and that multiple of Apple’s claims were invalid

In his decision Judge Colin Birss wrote, “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. The overall impression produced is different.” This news definitely traveled fast because although this was a win for Samsung, its marketing department most likely cringed when the ‘cool’ factor statement was read.

A spokesman for the British court stated, “The court found the most vivid differences in the rear surface design, a part that allows designers a high degree of freedom for creativity, as there are no display panels, buttons or technical functions.”

Although Apple has yet to make a statement about the ruling it has 21 days to appeal the decision made in the British courts. This is not the only claim that Apple has made against its Korean rival. Apple has design infringement cases currently open in U.S. and German courts.

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