Apple iPad cooler than Samsung Galaxy, says High Court judge

Jul 10, 2012

Judge rules that Samsung Galaxy Tab does not look too similar to iPad because it is 'not as cool'

APPLE has lost the latest battle in its war against Samsung over patents, but the US tech giant can take some comfort after a High Court judge described its iPad as cooler than Samsung's rival Galaxy Tab.

Judge Colin Birss ruled the design of Samsung's tablet PC does not "slavishly copy" that of the iPad – because it is "not as cool" as Apple's device.

The court ruled that customers were unlikely to be confused by the two tablet devices. Although they look similar from the front, the Galaxy Tab is significantly thinner than the iPad – "almost insubstantial" – and has "unusual" details on the reverse. 

"[Galaxy Tabs] do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design," said Judge Birss. "They are not as cool."

Apple, which has similar claims pending in the US, Dutch and German courts, has 21 days to appeal the ruling, The Financial Times reports. 

After hearing the ruling, Samsung said: "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."

Meanwhile Apple, perhaps recognising that High Court judges are not traditionally seen as arbiters of cool, made no reference to the sartorial aspect of the High Court ruling, saying only: "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."

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