Samsung won an Apple patent infringement case on Monday after a judge ruled that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab wasn’t an Apple rip-off. While Samsung may have won the case the judge only reached that decision because the Galaxy Tab is “too stodgy” to be mistaken for the beautifully crafted iPad line of devices.
According to the judge Samsung’s Galaxy Tab’s “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design” and “they are not as cool.”
While Samsung would probably rather just have a decision handed down without their devices being mocked by a judge a win is still a win.
The British courts ruling follows a similar decision in South Korea where a judge ruled the South Korean smartphone makers device was not close enough in design to be a copycat.
With a second court battle victory under its control Samsung took a moment to slam Apple for its constantly failing lawsuits. According to a Samsung representative:
“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.”
Apple still has court cases in the U.S., Germany, the Netherlands and various other parts of the world where Samsung tablets are being sold. In the United States the Galaxy Tab 10.1 can not be sold further until a patent lawsuit can be completed.
It should be noted that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is quickly nearing the end of its lifecycle.