Samsung must have been very happy as the British court announced the result in its favor; ruling that Samsung’s tablet design does not infringe with that of iPad’s. That over rules the Apple’s request of importing ban in the nation. However, the reason that the judge gave was that Samsung tabs are not as cool as iPad may have been a little disturbing for them.
Judge Colin Birss, justified his statement by stating that the thickness of both the tablets do not match and also that they look and feel different in the back. Birss further added that Samsung tablets “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design,” Bloomberg reported.
Whatever may be the reason that the judge has given for his justification, Samsung must be happy with the fact that their product will not be banned in the UK. Furthermore, this judgment has also proved that Apple does not have the sole right to “generic” product design, which is a reason more than enough for Samsung and other competitors to celebrate for.
Apple in an earlier statement has said that Samsung has copied its designs from Apple and that it wishes that other companies should come up with their own designs and products. To this Korean Company, Samsung has replied that, “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” via an e-mail to Bloomberg.
This ruling from British court has definitely come up as a positive thing for Samsung, as the company is also facing litigation in U.S. on its Galaxy Tab 10.1 and its flagship Android phone, the Galaxy Nexus, because of hardware and software design patents. As of now Galaxy Tab 10.1 is preliminary banned in U.S.