Samsung’s Galaxy Tab tablet doesn’t infringe on the iPad because it lacks the coolness factor of Apple’s device, Judge Colin Birss wrote in a ruling today in London. Put simply, Samsung’s Galaxy tablets “are not as cool”, and this is the official explanation from court documents. Jony Ive won’t like this…

Kit Chellel, reporting for Bloomberg, quotes Judge’s words:

The Galaxy tablets “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design,” Birss said. “They are not as cool.”

That’s an interesting explanation, if I ever saw one. See, even though the court found the front of Samsung’s device to be “really very striking” to the iPad, obviously the “differences in the styling of the backs of the tablets” and “the thinness of the Galaxy tablets” led the court to rule in Samsung’s favor.

Apple has three weeks to appeal the decision. Samsung issued a statement following the ruling:

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.

Court in the UK and Europe aren’t as sensitive to questionable infringement claims as those in the United States. The same UK High Court last week invalidated three of Apple’s four patent claims against Taiwanese handset maker HTC.

Shipments of a bunch of HTC phones were held up at U.S. Customs back in May due to an injunction order. HTC cited sales ban as one of the primary reasons for an astounding 57 drop in quarterly profits.

Last month, Apple was granted a preliminary injunction on the sale of both the Galaxy Nexus smartphone and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the United States. Following Samsung’s appeal, Court of Appeals last week suspended Galaxy Nexus sales ban, but upheld the Galaxy Tab injunction.

This litigation is getting messier with each passing day.

So far, Apple appears to have the upper hand, but the company’s luck in the courtroom could change at any moment.

Is Cupertino playing with fire?

  • Howard Ellacott

    It’s Jony Ive, you spelt it wrong… Bottom line, first paragraph 🙂

  • Dan

    pretty funny, Apple should use that statement in their commercials lol

  • Next iPad Commercial: You shouldn’t buy a galaxy tablet because it’s not as legally cool as the iPad

  • All this is dumb. I never saw laptop makers suing each other because of similarity looking products. And to tell you the truth they all look the same at a basic level. A folding lid and a key board. It’s the same with tablets. A touch screen with a couple of buttons. There’s only so many ways to crack an egg. I’ll admit… I’m a huge apple fan boy. But apple, AND all the other makers of tablets and touch screen smart phones are completely off the deep end with these frivolous lawsuits.

    • mb

      I agree with you, but the Kindle Fire doesn’t look like an iPad and neither does the B&N nook, so it is possible for other companies to make their tablets not look like an iPad. That’s not Samsung’s MO though.

  • anythingbutEXO

    I think Apple is tarnishing there name with these out of control frivolous lawsuits.

  • maurid

    Apple is killing the market for us consumers. I guess they never heard of freedom of choice.

  • Verdict should be: Galaxy Tab is not HOT as ipad