Samsung won big in London courts on Monday as a patent lawsuit filed against the company by Apple was rejected when Judge Colin Birss announced that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 doesn’t infringe on the iPad’s design. Although it was a win for Apple’s biggest competitor, it came with a well-placed insult.
According to Bloomberg, Judge Birss ruled that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 didn’t infringe on Apple’s patents, stating that it “isn’t cool enough” to be confused with the iPad’s design. The judge offered his opinion regarding Samsung’s tablets that they “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design.”
Apple and Samsung have been embroiled in multiple patent lawsuits around the world. The iPad maker recently won its own victory in the U.S. last month when Judge Judy Koh granted Apple’s request for a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 while the lawsuit proceeds.
Samsung may have been given a backhanded victory but still held its head high, saying the judgment affirms that the Tab does not infringe on Apple’s registered design rights. “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,” said a representative for Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung in an email.
Judge Birss found the two tablets to be distinctive because the Galaxy Tab was thinner and had “unusual details” on the back. Apple has 21 days to appeal the decision, which they probably will.
The next big decision will be whether U.S. courts find that Samsung’s tablet is distinctive enough to pass muster for Judge Koh. The biggest infringement trial between to two tech giants is currently being heard in the U.S.