Apple Obeys UK Court Orders, Acknowledges ‘Samsung Galaxy Tab Does Not Copy iPad Design’
Apple lost its case in a UK court last week against Samsung over infringing its iPad design for Galaxy Tab 10.1. The court ordered Apple to acknowledge openly through their official site that Samsung Galaxy Tab doesn’t copy iPad design and also run ads to admit the same. Today, Apple added a smart link in the footer of its Apple.com/uk that acknowledges the judgment that Samsung had not infringed on the iPad design with their Galaxy Tab series.
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 not infringe Apple’s registered design No. 0000181607-0001.
However, the notice is not as simple as its first paragraph seems. Apple has made the declaration quite playful by quoting a statement of the judgment for its favor in which court admits that Apple’s iPad design is cool enough while Samsung design is simply not as cool.
The Judge wrote in his order:
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.
Apple didn’t hesitate to mention a fact that the similar case was also trailed in Germany where the court said that Samsung Galaxy Tab design is a copy of iPad.
In the final paragraph, Apple notes;
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.
The link will live on Apple’s UK for one month, and Apple would have to run ads too as per court orders.Apple, iPad, Samsung