Samsung did not copy ‘cool’ Apple iPad: Court

July 10th, 2012 - 12:13 am ICT by IANS  

London, July 9 (IANS) The British High Court has ruled that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab range does not unlawfully copy the iPad’s “cool” minimalist design, The Telegraph reported.

Apple sued its Korean rival last year, insisting that the Galaxy Tab design “slavishly copies” the iPad.

In a judgment published Monday the High Court rejected the claims.

There was some consolation for Apple, however, after a judge ruled that Samsung’s designs were “not as cool” as the iPad, the newspaper said Monday.

The case is part of a bitter, worldwide intellectual property row between Apple and manufacturers of smartphones and tablets that run Google’s Android mobile operating system.

The defeat is Apple’s second at the High Court in less than a week. On Wednesday it lost a dispute over “prize” technology patents to HTC, the Taiwanese Android manufacturer.

Apple declined to comment on the iPad design judgment, but reiterated its earlier claims against Samsung.

Apple still has design infringement claims pending against Samsung in American and German courts. It also has 21 days to appeal against the British ruling.

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