Apple Loses Appeal Against Samsung in Tablet Patent Case
In the seemingly unending battle between Apple and Samsung over tablet patents, Samsung secures victory in Europe, according to the ruling made by the High Court of London.It's no secret that Apple and Samsung are warring over the design and functionality of their smartphones and tablet devices, with the latest victory handed down to Apple this summer when a California jury on Aug. 24 awarded the company $1 billion in its patent-infringement lawsuit against Samsung. This round, however, goes to Samsung, as a British court ruled Samsung's Galaxy tablet did not infringe Apple patents related to tablet devices. The ruling is valid throughout Europe. As a result, Apple will be forced to admit in certain newspapers and online that Samsung did not infringe any patents, and must do so in a specific font: no smaller than 14-point Ariel, according to a report in U.K. newspaper The Telegraph. "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," Samsung said in a statement delivered to the BBC. The ruling of the High Court in London noted that there were many similarities between Apple's iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but there were enough differentiators that while the Galaxy tablets constituted part of the same family of devices as the iPad, they do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity as the Apple design, and so are "not as cool" and produce a different impression when personally handled.
"This case illustrates the importance of properly taking into account the informed user's knowledge and experience of the design corpus. When I first saw the Samsung products in this case I was struck by how similar they look to the Apple design when they are resting on a table. They look similar because they both have the same front screen," the judgment, written by Judge Birss QC, read. "From the front they belong to the family which includes the Apple design; but the Samsung products are very thin, almost insubstantial members of that family with unusual details on the back."