Apple looses UK appeal against Samsung

NewsApple has lost one of a number of long running global appeals against Samsung in relation to Samsung allegedly copying their iPad design. This appeal was in the UK courts and the judges today have ruled that Samsung did not infringe Apples design of the iPad.

However it is very likely that Apple will appeal against this decision.

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“Apple has lost its appeal against a UK ruling that Samsung had not infringed its design rights.

A judge at the High Court in London had originally ruled in July that the look of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab computers was not too similar to that of the iPad.

He said at the time that Samsung’s devices were not as “cool” because they lacked the “extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design”.

He also ordered Apple to run ads saying Samsung had not infringed its rights.

Judge Birss said one notice should remain on Apple’s website for at least half a year while other adverts should be placed in various magazines and newspapers to “correct the damaging impression” that Samsung was a copycat.

A spokeswoman for Samsung said it welcomed the latest ruling.”

Personally I think this spat between the two companies has gone on long enough and both products have a place in the marketplace as they cater for a different user base, it will also help drive new innovations and technologies, which will give the end user more choice.

What are your thoughts on the long running battle of the two companies, does it do more harm that good?

Read the full article at BBC News HERE

Tit for Tat – Samsung sues Apple

The merry-go-round of intellectual property is alive and well, with Apple first suing Samsung for copying the look of their iPad to now Samsung firing a return salvo law suit at Apple.

“Samsung Electronics is suing Apple, claiming its rival violated its patent rights, days after Apple accused Samsung of “slavishly” copying designs of its iPad and iPhone.

The patent lawsuits, filed in South Korea, Japan and Germany, involve infringement of up to five patents, Samsung said in a statement.

Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung last Friday for violating its patents.

It is the latest patent dispute in an increasingly competitive industry.”

Read the full Article HERE at BBC Technology News