Apple loses appeal against Samsung
Remember when Samsung lost the court case for infringing several software patents, and the look and feel of the iPhone. They had to pay Apple over $1 Billion?
It is not over yet.
Apple has lost its appeal against a UK ruling that Samsung had not infringed its design rights with regards the Galaxy Tab computers.
A judge at the High Court in London had originally ruled in July that the look of Samsung’s Galaxy Tabwas not too similar to designs registered in connection with the iPad.
He said at the time that Samsung’s devices were not as “cool” because they lacked Apple’s “extreme simplicity”.
He also ordered Apple to run ads saying Samsung had not infringed its rights.
A spokeswoman for Samsung said:
“We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners and that the origins of Apple’s registered design features can be found in numerous examples of prior art.
“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.”
One of the Judges involved, Sir Robin Jacob, said:
One of the judges – who noted he owned an iPad himself – explained why Apple had lost the appeal in his ruling.
“Because this case (and parallel cases in other countries) has generated much publicity, it will avoid confusion to say what this case is about and not about,”
“It is not about whether Samsung copied Apple’s iPad. Infringement of a registered design does not involve any question of whether there was copying: the issue is simply whether the accused design is too close to the registered design according to the tests laid down in the law.”
“So this case is all about, and only about, Apple’s registered design and the Samsung products.”