Apple loses Samsung tablet patent appeal
By Matthew Sparkes | Daily Telegraph
18th October 2012 06:17 PM
The court upheld a previous decision that said Samsung's Galaxy tablet did not infringe upon Apple's patents. It said there were similarities between the two devices but that Samsung had not infringed Apple's design, in part because its products were "not as cool".
The US company was instructed to run newspaper and online adverts admitting that the Korean company did not copy the iPad. The judge said these notices must be in a font size no smaller than Arial 14.
Apple had argued that, in finding Samsung had not infringed its design, the trial judge had place too much emphasis on differences between the design of the back of Galaxy Tab range and the back of the iPad.
Whereas the back of the iPad is almost featureless, Galaxy Tabs have a separate, different coloured section along one edge that contains the camera and flash. The trial judge found these “unusual details” would mean people would not confuse the designs and that Apple’s minimalist design was “cooler”.
Apple could now take its appeal to the Supreme Court.
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