UK judge - Samsung Tabs not cool as iPad

2012-07-09 20:49

London - South Korea's Samsung won a patent battle Monday against US rival Apple, with a British judge ruling that Samsung's Galaxy tablet was not "cool" enough to be confused with Apple's iPad.

Britain's high court ruled that the Galaxy tablet made by Samsung, the world's largest electronics company, did not infringe Apple's registered design and that consumers were not likely to confuse it with the iPad tablet.

"They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design," Judge Colin Birss said in his ruling.

"They are not as cool."

The iPad holds around 65% of the burgeoning global tablet computer market, with the Samsung Galaxy making up around 6% of global sales, according to researchers ABI and IHS.

A Samsung spokesperson welcomed the judgment and warned its rival against further legal action.

"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," she said.

Apple and Samsung are engaged in a slew of patent suits against each other in international courts, with both companies vying for a bigger stake of the smartphone and tablet markets.

A US appeals court on Friday rejected Samsung's bid to overturn a ban on US sales of its Galaxy Nexus smartphones, which are made in collaboration with Google.

Also on Friday, Samsung said it expected a record operating profit of €4.8bn in the second quarter, amid strong sales of its mobile devices.

  • pieter.k.lubbe - 2012-07-09 21:24

    I think my SAMSUNG tablet (and phone) is very coooool!

      Demetrius.Syriopoulos - 2012-07-09 22:02

      and their service sucks. they told me today that they will help me with my hard drive that crashed, (14 months old) if i took it ti the US or Holland. fat lot of good that is when i am in SA. they are refusing to pay for me to fly to the US as well.

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-07-09 22:10

      might have to do with buying it overseas. and no, they don't mean fly, they mean ship it. genius.

      Demetrius.Syriopoulos - 2012-07-09 22:50

      micheal, i know what they meant, you dont know sarcasm though. anyway, what good is it that we buy their products here in SA and they do not have a service centre here to assist us? i stand by my guns, crap service.

      merven.halo - 2012-07-10 08:57

      @Pieter: The ANCYL also think Malema is very cooool, but does that means that he is? ;-)

  • nwayne54 - 2012-07-09 21:36

    [Kelso] Buuurn!

  • henry.doubell.7 - 2012-07-09 21:41

    ipad sucks just a bigger version of the phone my galaxy tab is way cooler than apple's ipad.

  • des.cider - 2012-07-09 21:43

    British judges have never understood Asian fruitcake. Why should they pass judgement on such issues?

  • James - 2012-07-09 21:48

    Reckon the judge has an Ipad. Nice ad for Apple!

  • hendrikvs - 2012-07-09 22:44


      SoBit.BeitSo - 2012-07-10 09:14

      yeh apple is rocks, lol

  • Irene - 2012-07-09 22:50

    And in the beginning there was Apple!!!!!

      raath - 2012-07-10 08:29

      yeah, if Apple never made the iPad, then I doubt Samsung would have thought of making the Galaxy tablet...

      SoBit.BeitSo - 2012-07-10 09:15

      that misled Adam

      tuco.angeleyes - 2012-07-10 09:45

      And in the beginning there was Ford!!!!! But they are not the best car manufacturer in the world are they? go figure ;p

      raath - 2012-07-10 11:56

      It was actually Eve who misled Adam, and it was a "fruit", not an apple.

      raath - 2012-07-10 13:12

      And the first car in the world was a Mercedes. The first MASS PRODUCED car was the Ford Model T. Geez, were you people educated in the Eastern Cape?

  • john.halfpenny.395 - 2012-07-10 11:03

    Samsung Mobile > Iphone. Ipad > Galaxy Tab. It's not about being a fanboy hey. I like Samsung, But I'd never in my life buy a Galaxy Tab over an iPad... There is absolutely no comparison at this stage. Samsung phones on the other hand has already surpassed iPhones and the google play market is booming with new apps... But not enough for Galaxy tabs. By this reasoning alone, if you want an optimum experience with a Pad, buy an iPad. If not, you're either a very loyal customer or a retard for thinking Galaxy tabs are better than iPads

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