UK court sides with Samsung, says its tablets don't really look like iPads and won't be banned from sale

UK court sides with Samsung, says its tablets don't really look like iPads and won't be banned from sale
UK's legal system has sided with Samsung on the design patent infringement lawsuit brought on by Apple about the similarities between its iPad, and Samsung's Android tablets, like the Galaxy Tab 10.1, 7.7 and 8.9.

The court has found that there are enough differences between the slates and the iPad, so as not to issue a sales ban on Samsung's devices in the UK. The Koreans didn't manage to achieve the same verdict here in the US, as their Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was banned for sale in the land of the free.

Samsung issued a statement where it details exactly which Apple claims the court has found invalid and insufficient for a product ban:


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42 Comments

1. surethom

Posts: 1665; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Once again the UK courts show the world what common sense is.

2. wendygarett unregistered

UK judges are smart :)

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Good news! :)

4. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

British judges are making US judges look like retards.

35. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Perhaps because US judges really are retards...

5. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

Judge Lucy Koh should learn from this.

25. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Apple must have paid her to rule in their favor

6. Aeires unregistered

"The court found numerous Apple design features to lack originality, and numerous identical design features to have been visible in a wide range of earlier tablet designs from before 2004." 'nuff said.

19. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

That's in Samsung's own words, which are obviously going to be biased. (i)Engadget is reporting that the judge thought the Samsung Galaxy Tab is "not as cool" as the iPad, and therefore unlikely to be confused with it. That sounds more like an insult to Samsung than anything. http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/09/uk-judge-says-galaxy-tab-not-as-cool-as-ipad-awards-samsung-w/

23. Aeires unregistered

I don't think Samsung really cares if a judge thinks their products aren't as cool, only if they are allowed to sell them or not.

29. willard12 unregistered

And you're calling Endgadget unbiased? They wrote a paragraph article and didn't show the entire quote.

31. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Um, no, I'm not calling Engadget unbiased, that's why I placed the "(i)" before "Engadget," in much the same way that people call PhoneArena "iPhoneArena." Why would you think I was calling Engadget unbiased? Just because Samsung says one thing and Engadget says another doesn't mean one of them is lying. They both are emphasizing a different part of the story.

38. thinking

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

coolness has nothing to do with patents. Next what, an apple patent for being "cool"?

20. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

21. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

7. khmer

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

UK Courts made Judge Koh blinded couldn't tell the different between Samsung Galaxy Tab and iPad; Samsung Galaxy S phone and iPhone.

8. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Good for samsung. Ifans what can you say? The truth shall prevail.

9. angelesmec unregistered

Apple blah blah blah goes where it belongs..

10. MISTER_H

Posts: 97; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

Take that crapapple. Don't even bother next time.

11. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Glad this work out, I'm looking forward for some great Samsung Windows (Phone) 8 Tab/Phone

12. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

So Apple patented prior art? Shocking.

39. thinking

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

Point. Yes, those patents should have been invalidated, too.

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

finally. my god. a judge that reiterated what most feel is common sense. That gives me hope for judicial systems... outside of the US. Can we vote this guy to teach Lucy how to be a tech judge. Apple uses pretty much the same arguments in every court case.

14. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

I'm tired of hearing about this last Gen, company which is always behind in technology, software, and innovation already. I mean come on Apple how long did you think your plan of selling the same OG iPhone again and again and again was going to last. And now that iPhones aren't selling as fast as before you go on and try to ban competition instead of stepping up your supposed superior product. I guess that means you want to keep selling the same outdated, low end iPhone a while longer. I'm proud that I've never bought an Apple product and I'm so sure I never will because I like the better products.

15. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Knight Rider FTW!!! slavishly copy design my a$$! Prior art, apple.. Prior art.. the world didn't started in 2007..

16. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

That's what you get apple...why is the u.s. courts so dam dumb?

17. disneydad

Posts: 114; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

Thank you your honor!

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm an apple guy, but congrats Samsung. Apple needs to get off their a$$e$ and innovate more. Sammy makes kick a$$ products.

22. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

atlast the truth has revealed....... atleast after this lucy koh should get some sense... i think US suppports apple cuz its US company.... if apple loses share then US economy rate will go down...i think dis is the main reason behind the US's stupididty........

40. thinking

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

I would disagree with that. I'm sure the sales result in taxes. The stores employ americans. And when the koreans and taiwanese fly down for business discussions, there is additional business from hotels and restaurants and flights and others (not to mention shopping). And every time a better product is made, it gives ideas to US companies like apple to steal.

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