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Galaxy Tab Doesn’t Infringe on iPad Design, UK Judge Says

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Galaxy Tab Doesn’t Infringe on iPad Design, UK Judge Says
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Galaxy Tab designs are different than the Apple iPad, says the courts in the United Kingdom. According to Judge Colin Birss, there are at least 50 design differences between the two tablets, which is music to Samsung’s ears, I’m sure. Apple, of course, is probably none too pleased with the ruling, as it gives their competitor an opportunity to snatch some of the market away. If you’re a Galaxy fan, your time to rejoice begins now.

Have a look at some text pulled straight from the ruling:

In a ruling on July 9, 2012, the High Court of England & Wales sided with Samsung that the designs of the Galaxy Tab series of products are ‘different’ from an Apple tablet design, and do not infringe Apple’s Registered Community Design No. 181607-0001. Samsung products subject to this trial were the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Galaxy Tab 8.9, and the Galaxy Tab 7.7.”

Before you starting jutting your finger into the agitated face of the nearest Apple fanatic you can find, perhaps you should take Judge Birss’ entire ruling into consideration. Although he may have ruled in favor of the Samsung Galaxy on principle, he did offer some stronger words regarding which company does it better, regardless of how cool or uncool the device may be.

“[The Tab designs] do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool,” the judge remarked. Like it or not, Samsung is now allowed to sell its tablet without any interference from Apple throughout the United Kingdom.

Apple, as you can imagine, isn’t too happy with the ruling. “This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we’ve said many times before, we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas,” a representative from the company said.

Galaxy Tab Doesn’t Infringe on iPad Design, UK Judge Says
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  • http://Yay! Adam

    Congrats Samsung! You have finally managed to eat an apple

    • Karin

      funny.

  • Robin Window

    I wish paronoid Apple would get their head out of their asses and sell their own products on their own merits rather than trying to stop anyone else selling theirs.After all, all Android tablets are much of a muchness I am sure Samsungs aren’t that much different then anyone elses so why keep picking on them.Getting a bit fed up hearing all this Apple crap all the time after all they only try and rip the public off all the time.Apple, do us all a favour and piss off.
    Obviously scared of competition!

  • Greg_D

    Congrats Samsung! My Galaxy Tab is great for graphic design projects that i work on here on New York! ICS is very practical, and AT&T’s 4G LTE has great coverage here.

    • Karin

      I’ve got the same set-up (Galaxy Tablet on AT&T’s 4G LTe) and love it. But, I’m a hairdresser. Same thing, though, just with hair. ha!

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