Apple says Samsung’s Galaxy tablets rounded corner designs on the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablets infringe upon the design of the iPad. Apple felt strongly enough about this situation to take Samsung to court.
However, last week a judge in the Netherlands ruled that Samsung’s design on their Galaxy tablets does not infringe on the design properties of the iPad. The Dutch district court issued this statement:
At issue in this case is whether the design of some of Samsung Galaxy tablets infringe a design right from Apple. The court believes that there is no question of an infringement.
Samsung has been Apple’s largest competitor and staunchest legal opponent. Currently, Apple and Samsung are engaged it patent litigation in 10 different countries.
Samsung released the following statement after the ruling:
We welcome the court’s decision, which reaffirmed decisions made by courts in other countries that our Galaxy Tab products do not infringe Apple’s registered design right. 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 based on such generic designs, innovation in the industry could be harmed and consumer choice unduly limited.
At the end of the day does this ruling make a difference in the tablet industry? If competitors could design tablets similar to the iPad, would people buy them instead? Leave your comments below and let us know what you’re thinking.
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