10/18/2012 12:34:58 PM
Apple loses appeal over Samsung iPad infringement
Apple will have to run advertisements in the UK media stating that Samsung did not copy its designs, after losing a court appeal.
The iPhone manufacturer had claimed in the UK High Court that Samsung had infringed the design of the iPad with its Galaxy Tab devices. However, the judge presiding over the case said in July that Samsung's devices were not as 'cool' as Apple's and lacked the company's 'extreme simplicity'.
Apple took the case to appeal but according to the BBC, the judges did not accept the iPad maker's argument that a recent German ruling meant Samsung did cause confusion among consumers. They said Apple needed to run a link entitled 'Samsung/Apple judgement' for one month on its website.
A spokesperson for Samsung said: '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.'
Editor: Graeme Neill