UK court: Galaxy Tab isn't "cool"; doesn't copy iPad

Samsung has so far not had the best of luck in its many legal battles with Apple. In late June, Samsung got word that a US court put a sales ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet thanks to a judge agreeing with Apple that the tablet's design infringes with that of Apple's iPad.

While that sales ban in the US has yet to be lifted (Samsung is appealing the case), a court in the UK seems to have a different viewpoint. News.com reports that the High Court of England and Wales has ruled today that three models of the Galaxy Tab don't infringe on the iPad's design.

The ruling affects the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, and Galaxy Tab 7.7 models. In its ruling, the UK court said there were a number of differences between the Tab models and the iPad. Those included the lack of a physical button on the Galaxy Tab units, along with the overall thickness of the products and the designs of the Galaxy Tab's front and rear surfaces.

The ruling does have an interesting comment from Judge Colin Birss. The BBC reports that even though he ruled for Samsung, Judge Birss said of the Galaxy Tab, "They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool. The overall impression produced is different."

Samsung is also fighting a software patent battle with Apple in the US concerning its Galaxy Nexus smartphone. While the phone was banned for sale for a week earlier this month, that sales ban was lifted on Friday.

Source: News.com | Images via Apple and Samsung

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funny i don't want either of them or a Microsoft iPad either

i think people that buy these things just have too much disposable income or something


I wonder how Samsung feels about this.
"Oh dang, our device is not 'as cool' as the competitors now"
But I dunno, I dont think owning an iPad makes you cool or anything so...

este said,

I wonder how Samsung feels about this.
"Oh dang, our device is not 'as cool' as the competitors now"
But I dunno, I dont think owning an iPad makes you cool or anything so...
Well it's not hipster cool so I doesn't count I guess. Just like my TV isn't an Apple TV so it isn't cool either. In fact, according to iFans there are no cool cars since Apple has yet to make an iFagwagon. The closest ones are the Scion toaster thing, the Kia Soul, and the Prius.

I laughed at some of the comments here for the simple fact I noticed the same thing.
I was in work and noticed the wee sleeve on my colleagues desk with something in it. "Netbook? Tablet?" I asked.
"No, iPad." he replied.
Can I ask what the difference in a tablet and an iPad is?
At the end of the year the conversation will go like this.
"Netbook? Tablet?"
"Yeah, tablet, you know the Surface?"
"Oh wow, nice!"
Even though MS would love to call it the Surface, like the iPad isn't a tablet, sorry, I will put the word tablet before stating what type thank you!

xpclient said,
The times I have heard people say, "I didn't get a tablet, I got an iPad" or "I got a Samsung iPad".

Its not something new..There used to be a time when people were considering to install "Windows Linux" here...

Nice to see a judge/court with a WORKING pair of eyes that can tell the damn difference between the two damn tablets and that it did not copy the damn crApple design. Now we just need to get this case to help serve in the best interest over here in the US and get the stupid Apple case here tossed out like a salad.

derekaw said,
It is official. The Samsung tablet is not cool like an iPad.

The opinion of one man, even a judge, does not make something offical xD P.s. I'm an iPad owner

Not cool??? are you kidding me what is this judge another sheeple who thinks apple is awesome ?? their a bunch of slave owners who pay their slaves pennies to build their crap

he was being sarcastic and making fun of people like you how think there is "sheeple". And a hint... ALL companies who sell ALMOST ANYTHING are slave owners who pay slaves in china to build their crap, from textiles to electronics... as test, name one thing that is 100% desgined and built in the USA with parts from USA...

tiffanyusa said,
Not cool??? are you kidding me what is this judge another sheeple who thinks apple is awesome ?? their a bunch of slave owners who pay their slaves pennies to build their crap

1. Your "English" is so horrible it's hard to even understand what you're trying to say.

2.

rippleman said,
as test, name one thing that is 100% desgined and built in the USA with parts from USA...

This is really not difficult, there are plenty of things (albeit not many consumer electronics) designed and made in the US. Look at the new Google Nexus Q for example.

SkinAddict said,
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This is really not difficult, there are plenty of things (albeit not many consumer electronics) designed and made in the US. Look at the new Google Nexus Q for example.


its parts are from Korea and china its assembled in the US...

This is really not difficult, there are plenty of things (albeit not many consumer electronics) designed and made in the US. Look at the new Google Nexus Q for example.[/quote]

I can tell you this. i think only the people who don't give a crap can't tell a difference... heck my sister can't tell the difference between an escalade and a navigator but she can tell the difference of paper weight and thickness she uses in her office...its all about what you care about...

rippleman said,
I can tell you this. i think only the people who don't give a crap can't tell a difference... heck my sister can't tell the difference between an escalade and a navigator but she can tell the difference of paper weight and thickness she uses in her office...its all about what you care about...

Yes but I would hope if she was looking to buy an escalade she would do some research so she makes sure she is buying an escalade and not a navigator. I'm the worst when it comes to cars, but if I go shopping for a particular model I'm going to research it so I know what I'm buying!

The issue is, the consumer is too stupid to know they are buying android tablet and not an iPad. I really don't see how that's Samsungs fault. If it's square or rectangular and has a stouch screen people think it's an iPad.

I can't count how many times I've gone to someones house after they said "I got an iPad can you come help set it up" and it ends up being some android tablet.

Edited by warwagon, Jul 9 2012, 9:34pm :

warwagon said,

People think every tablet is an iPad. I can't count how many times I've gone to someones house after they said "They got an iPad can you come help set it up" and it ends up being some android tablet.

That's annoying. People buy these chinese digital music players, and say they got an iPod, lol.

warwagon said,
The issue is, the consumer is too stupid to know they are buying android tablet and not an iPad. I really don't see how that's Samsung fault. Fact of the matter is if it's square or rectangular and has a stouch screen people think it's an iPad.

People think every tablet is an iPad. I can't count how many times I've gone to someones house after they said "They got an iPad can you come help set it up" and it ends up being some android tablet.

i swear and I pad has a giant apple on the back,,,,

warwagon said,
People think every tablet is an iPad. I can't count how many times I've gone to someones house after they said "They got an iPad can you come help set it up" and it ends up being some android tablet.

this

warwagon said,
The issue is, the consumer is too stupid to know they are buying android tablet and not an iPad. I really don't see how that's Samsungs fault. If it's square or rectangular and has a stouch screen people think it's an iPad.

I can't count how many times I've gone to someones house after they said "I got an iPad can you come help set it up" and it ends up being some android tablet.

People are generally retarded. You don't have Samsung suing Sony for selling the same size televisions, or Bose suing other manufacturers for selling overpriced speakers. The information is all FREE on the internet, and available for anyone to research. Why are these companies being held responsible for uneducated consumers who are unwilling to read?