Dutch court finds rounded corners on Samsung tablets don't infringe on Apple's design

Dutch court finds rounded corners on Samsung tablets don't infringe on Apple's design
A Dutch court in the Hague has ruled that a trio of Samsung Galaxy tablets do not infringe on Apple's design. The Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1, Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 were accused by the Cupertino based tech titan of copying the rounded corners found on the Apple iPad. Apple and Samsung are involved in legal battles over patents in at least ten countries.

In the U.S., Apple owns patent Patent number D670,286 issued by the USPTO for "the ornamental design for a portable display device," which basically covers a rectangular device with a screen and rounded corners. The U.S. patent does not offer Apple protection in the Hague. Samsung issued a statement that said that it does not feel that Apple was the first company to use rounded corners, essentially stating that prior art should invalidate any patent Apple has received for the design.


source: Reuters

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29 Comments

1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

The Stanley Kubrick Foundantion should be rewarded at least 400 billion Dollars by Apple, Samsung and Asus for inventing the tablet.

13. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Or the Ancient Egypt Artifact Preservation Society, since they were using tablets back then... I thing the concept.of electronic tablets predated even 2001:ASO

23. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

i'd suggest that sammy would do its tablets' future designs same as the Nexus 10, i mean the design is awesome... better than the GTab and the iPad...

20. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

I wonder where the round corners of iDevices are inspired from and yesterday somebody told me butts :P

2. windroid unregistered

How stupid the accusation of "copying the rounded corner" can be?

3. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

In US it is not considered stupid.

25. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It is by sane people. And those who have seen the Knight-Ridder tablet the iPad was stolen from.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Just as stupid as filing a patent for "the wheel."

10. TritonForceX

Posts: 60; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

Yeah, that caveman is owed a LOT of money!

8. Joker

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

On the same level as that ludacrous "Slide to Unlock" patent Apple must have never seen a bra or a door latch (back in the days) when they filed the patent

16. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Hillarious

26. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Or the Neonode nM1.

27. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

N1m. Oops.

4. Darkrai

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

Rounded-corners patents?Kiddin me? Nokia-forever

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Good news, seems that Dutch court is adequate.

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Well that's not shocking news. Everyone knows Apple is going to lose court cases outside the US because judges in foreign countries know BS from legitimate patents and evidence. Samsung: 1 Apple: 0

12. amozhi

Posts: 131; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Great news...

14. wildcard

Posts: 65; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

went will apple will stop doing this crap like their phone went. An then l like to see what will happin about the tv sue everyone hellooo

15. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Mxyzptlk...you can stop hidding now. You can show us how the rounded corners are copied by Samsung...

24. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Well he/she would say It's harshly unfair judgment :)

17. BadAssAbe

Posts: 507; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

I feel that every country that rules aagainst apple is smarter then the US :-(

18. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

really, no kidding...but, I guess only in America...

19. esinisa

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

In USA, apple eats you! :D

21. ramonleonjr62

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Samsung 2 apple 0 lol

22. techguy22

Posts: 227; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

wow. us, Americans are so smart. and we rewarded rounded corners patent to a company that didnt invent it and rewarded them 1B dollar in court too. we are so smart. :(

28. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Dang, that's pretty sad huh!?

29. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't the Etch-A-Scetch have a rectangular design with rounded corners and a screen? All sarcasm aside, this is where the patent system has really gone astray. Technology patents are one thing, but patenting a basic shape (rectangle with rounded corners) that we see everyday is boneheaded. If they want a design patent, it should have to included everything, bezel width, button shape and their placement, sensor and camera location, and the design must include front AND back, and for infringement to occur it must be copied EXACTLY as it is in it's entirety. Just saying rectangle with rounded corners and a screen is extremely vague. It's like getting a patent for a personal enclosed conveyance and leaving it at that. That would've destroyed the car,truck, RV, yacht, small airplane, and helicopter industries in one shot.

30. PhoneAddiction

Posts: 79; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Well said. Now can we stop all the bickering about how these companies suck? Let them innovate and over charge us. Lol

31. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

You're probably right. There's a possibility they may innovate, but there's no doubt they're gonna overcharge us.

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