Apple loses appeal in major UK patent case against Samsung

By , Oct 18, 2012

Back in July, the High Court in London ruled against Apple in a patent suit against Samsung, saying that consumers were unlikely to mistake its iPad with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab because it “wasn’t as cool.”

As a result of the ruling, Judge Colin Birss ordered Apple to run advertisements on both its UK website and in British publications stating that Samsung didn’t copy the iPad to correct the damaging impression.

Well, Apple might want to start planning its marketing campaign. Because it just lost the appeal…

Reuters reports:

“Apple Inc lost its appeal of a ruling that its rival Samsung’s Galaxy tablet computer did not copy Apple’s registered tablet designs in a British court on Thursday.

The decision is valid throughout Europe and should prohibit further legal disputes between the two companies over the design of tablets such as the iPad in the region.”

Apple can still, as a last-ditch effort, appeal to the Supreme Court. But the report goes on to say that the Cupertino company has shown no signs up to this point that it has any plans on doing that.

Here’s what Samsung had to say about the ruling:

“We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners and that the origins of Apple’s registered design features can be found in numerous examples of prior art.

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.”

Apple declined to comment.

Although this may stifle design patent litigation between the two companies in Europe, they’re still going at it on other continents. Recently, Apple appealed a court decision in Japan, and the two parties are set to meet again in December here in the US.

What do you think of this decision? Any suggestions on how Apple could spin the Samsung ad?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/xxLIUZHENYUxx Liu Zhenyu

    Samsung- says crap to mislead consumers, ‘Rectangle with rounded corners’. I mean seriously. More like the industry will be harmed by Samsung’s blatant copies of Apple products.

    • Kok Hean

      I believe that they misled people into thinking that the patent only covers rectangles with rounded corners, but I don’t think they copied Apple, because they’re not cool enough!

      I’ve tried out a demo set of the Galaxy Note 10.1 (yes, their latest tablet) and even the keyboard doesn’t work properly, their so-called fluidity is nothing compared to the one on the iPad, and overall, it lags a lot even when opening the stupid web browser. Yes, these are minor details and yes, I do care about these little things. To be fair, it’s still way better than how the phablet Galaxy Note performs. I wanted myself to be wrong. I wanted the Galaxy Note 10.1 to be as fluid and snappy as the iPad. But sadly, I was wrong. And it was disappointing.

      Samsung is also misleading people into thinking that Android crappy is like that when it’s obviously them who’s messing up Android in their products.

      Don’t get me wrong, Samsung’s products are not horrible, but they have to fix that horrible lag in their modified Android OS and make it feel more fluid. If they can make such awesome features into a tablet, they should at least be able to make it more fluid and less laggy.

      And to address their prior art point, they’re not the first to have 4G LTE either.

      • http://www.facebook.com/xxLIUZHENYUxx Liu Zhenyu

        I really liked the first paragraph of your text! Really great effort shown to exhibit your points lol, remember the ‘iSheep’ rebut you made few months ago?

  • http://twitter.com/Mrozzy123 Mr 0ZźŶ

    Apple should have won this case! Clearly samsung started making tablets after the iPad was released.