It appears Apple remains diligent in trying to leverage legal action to “protect” everything and anything impacting their brand. Of course, by now, the world is aware of Apple’s recent victory over Samsung in the US on patent infringement. News of additional lawsuits internationally have also been reported proving this is a massive effort by Apple on a global level to address their concerns.
Well most recently now in the UK, Apple has lost on an iPad design appeal they certainly were hoping to have reversed. A panel of judges in the UK have upheld an earlier ruling that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab did not copy the design of Apple’s iPad. In the original hearings, these same UK courts more importantly made a statement that resonated with fans of the Korean company – that Samsung simply wasn’t as “cool” and lacked Apple’s “extreme simplicity.” So, while Samsung did end up winning it wasn’t exactly a flattering experience. In addition,you may recall the court also handed down an order that Apple had to post a notice on their website that explicitly stated Samsung did not copy their designs.
An explanation as to why this order was issued was summed up by by the residing judge on the closing statement. “Acknowledgement must come from the horse’s mouth…Nothing short of that will be sure to do the job completely.” Ultimately, however, the ruling could still be appealed to the UK Supreme Court, but it currently appears as though Apple has no plans to do so. The results of the case could have much larger implications, as the ruling is valid throughout Europe and could prevent Apple from taking further legal action against Samsung based on this particular design claim. The decision contrasts recent developments in the US, where Apple won a $1 billion dollar settlement after bringing similar patent and design infringement claims in front of a California courtroom.
An official statement by Samsung was made on the ruling: “We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners. 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.”
Currently Apple has not issued a comment.