English Court Decides Galaxy Tab Can Stay On Sale

Posted on July 10th, 2012 | Categories - Uncategorized

What a blow for apple. Just as they look set to get injunctions on sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 across the world England and Wales throw a spanner in the works for them.

The High Court of England and Wales yesterday ruled that the Samsung Galaxy Tab doesn’t infringe on Apple’s design patents, that the Galaxy Tab is recognisably different to the Apple iPad, and that the Galaxy Tab can therefore remain on sale. The case was against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 7.7 (I bet you didn’t know there had been so many different models!)

The Court referred to approximately 50 images of tablet devices pre the Apple iPad and picked similarities from all of these examples, some dating back to 2004 and before. The design of the rear of the tablet was also picked up on as this is an area where Samsung have clearly separated their Galaxy Tab from the iPad by setting design features into the back of the unit.

Apple have been fighting with Samsung over this matter for years all across the world, not only for Samsung copying and infringing design patents for the actual device but also the packaging of the units. Therefore, I don’t think it will be long until Apple appeal the decision.

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