Thursday, 18 October 2012

Apple loses U.K. Samsung appeal

Apple has lost an appeal against Samsung in an ongoing U.K. case over design patents relating to the iPad.
A U.K. High Court appeals judge ruled in favor of Samsung at a hearing this morning, finding that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 had not infringed Apple's design patents relating to the iPad.

The original case in July heard Judge Colin Birss overseeing the case saying the Samsung tablets were not "cool" as the iPads, because the software did not feature the "extreme simplicity" that the rival Apple product has.
Birss also ruled in the original case that Apple must run "advertisements" in British newspapers and on its website stating that Samsung did not infringe Apple's design patents and therefore did not break U.K. law.
The notice on Apple's U.K. website must display the banner for six months in order to "correct the damaging impression" left by Apple following the legal wrangling.A Samsung spokesperson 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."
After the decision was made, Apple applied for a stay on the running of the  'advertisements,' allowing the Cupertino, CA.-based technology giant to appeal the verdict.

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