Apple’s bad luck in UK courts continue, after losing a patent case against HTC recently, Apple lost another patent skirmish, this time with Samsung. UK High Court Judge ruled that Samsung tablets don’t infringe Apple patents. High Court of England and Wales ruled that three of Samsung’s Galaxy touch-screen tablet products don’t infringe Apple’s patents.
Judge Birss referred to examples of phone designs with similar features to Apple’s products which were available before the Apple versions. “Samsung’s tablets “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design,” Judge Birss said in the ruling. “They are not as cool.”
Samsung said the judgement “affirms our position that our Galaxy Tab products do not infringe Apple’s registered design right. As the ruling proves, the origins of Apple’s registered design features can be found in numerous examples of prior art.”
An Apple spokesman countered “It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging. 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.”