Legal victory for Samsung today in the ongoing patent wars. Via Bloomberg:
The design for three Galaxy tablets doesn’t infringe Apple’s registered design, Judge Colin Birss said today in London in a court fight between the world’s two biggest makers of smartphones. Consumers aren’t likely to get the tablet computers mixed up, he said.
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.”
English courts are known to be some of the toughest in which to prove patent infringement, and have judges who don’t mind making sassy comments about technology, apparently. I don’t agree with the “not cool” argument. I’ve seen people buy a Galaxy Tab “because it must be just like the iPad.” While I can spot the difference between an iPad and a Galaxy Tab from a mile away, a lot of people simply cannot.