We’re happy to report that Samsung has won its appeal in a copyright case about the Galaxy Tab in the UK. A High Court appeals judge ruled that the South Korean company’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 did not infringe on Apple’s design patents. Although this judge mentioned that the Samsung tablet is “not as cool” as the iPad, his or her decision will be enforced throughout Europe.
Samsung made the following statement:
We welcome the court’s judgment, which reaffirmed our position that our GALAXY Tab products do not infringe Apple’s registered design right. We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners and that the origins of Apple’s registered design features can be found in numerous examples of prior art. 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.
Apple was ordered back in July to issue a formal apology on its UK website along with running ads in British publications such as the Daily Mail and the Financial Times. Here is to hoping some of our judges, here in the U.S., are reading about this.