Samsung has been given a back hand snub after a UK Judge said the Korean Company’s Galaxy Tab 10 was “not as cool” as the Apple iPad.But that was enough for the UK High Court to rule in Samsung’s favour in their case against Apple who claimed that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringed the design of its iPad.
Judge Colin Birss disagreed saying Apple’s designs were not being infringed because Samsung’s Galaxy Tab was not as “cool” as the iPad.
As a result, he said, few would confuse the two even though they appeared superficially similar.
He went on to claim “they do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design.”
“They are not as cool,” he said. “The overall impression produced is different.”
The ruling by Judge Birss means Apple cannot block sales of the Galaxy Tab on the grounds that it too closely resembles the iPad.
In a statement Samsung welcomed the ruling and added: “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 not surprisingly declined to comment.