The battle between Apple and Samsung may be over in Europe after a British judge upheld an earlier decision saying that Samsung’s Galaxy tablet had not infringed upon Apple’s design.
Thursday’s decision upheld an earlier one where the judge said the Samsung devices were not a “cool” as Apple’s, therefore, they were not copies.
Upon hearing of the decision, Samsung issued a statement, saying:
“We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners and that the origins of Apple’s registered design features can be found in numerous examples of prior art.
“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.”
Now that the original decision has been upheld, Apple will have to comply with the ruling conditions, one of which says that the company will run ads in certain British publications, apologizing and saying that Samsung products are not a copy.
Thursday, October 18, 2012