APPLE LOSSES APPEAL IN THE UNITED KINGDOM


Looks like the table is about to turn in favour of Samsung. A British high court has thrown out an appeal by Apple that Samsung copied the iPad in their Galaxy Tablets range of products. This ruling is effective throughout the whole of Europe. This gives Samsung the needed go ahead to push their products in the European market without fear of litigations. In the ruling, the court referring to Samsung Galaxy Tabs said:

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.

Although Apple lost the appeal, the above statement in our own opinion, tends to suggest that the court felt that iPad is actually better looking and easier to use than the Galaxy Tab. A plus one for the fruity company.

Whether Apple will head to the Supreme Court to appeal this decision is not known as the company has not made any statement on the issue. But we believe it would not be wise for Apple to do so as in all probabilities, such a move would fail and it would be a costly move for a company that needs to focus its attention and resources on the brewing mini tablet war.

However, Samsung has this to say:

We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners.

As a result of this ruling, Apple will now have to run Ads on its website and in newspapers telling the nation that Samsung have not infringed any patents or copied any designs in order to dispel any negative associations now attached to the company. How palatable will this be for Apple? We wonder how Apple will react to this.
It will be recalled that in a similar suit in the U.S. few months ago, apple won the case involving copying of the iPhone and awarded costs. We mentioned this in one of our articles on this site.
Also noteworthy is the fact that Samsung has also filed for an injunction against the sales if iPhone 5 claiming copyrights infringements of their LTE technology.

It will be interesting to see how all these play out.

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