Galaxy Tab “not as cool” as an iPad, according to Judge

by Dale Wright

It’s official: your Samsung tablet is “not as cool” as the iPad, according to a High Court judge.

Judge Birss QC decided that Samsung’s design team have not copied the iPad when developing the Galaxy Tab. He said that Samsung devices are “not as cool” because they are aimed at a different audience. As such, the company have not infringed Apple’s intellectual property rights.

Samsung Galaxy Tab

In the court papers for yesterday’s judgement, the Galaxy Tab was found to be different on a number of key design concepts. Firstly, the judge pointed out that it’s much slimmer than the iPad, and the design on the back of the tablet is completely different. The judge said that the only real similarity was the screen. Everything else is, he said, distinctive enough for him to be able to clear Samsung of any wrongdoing or copying.

Last week Apple lost another claim against HTC who they said had stolen patents. This time, Apple claimed HTC ripped off the way their phones are unlocked and how the touchscreen is used.

Despite two losses in as many weeks, this isn’t the end of the saga by any means. Samsung are bracing themselves for more cases against Apple in the USA and Germany, and the Cupertino based tech giants could still appeal this High Court decision about the Galaxy Tab and force the Galaxy Tab claims through the courts again.

Apple are adamant that companies continue to infringe copyright, but their rivals are getting frustrated with the seemingly endless lawsuits and patent wars. Some companies now think Apple have enough money to drive their competitors away from the smartphone and tablet market purely by forcing them to fight repeatedly in court. Apple have the money to burn for these court cases, but some people are starting to think they are using the law for competitive advantage.

What do you think? Do you think the iPad has been ripped off? Or are you bored with hearing about the disputes between manufacturers over tiny design details? Tell us in the comments.