Apple loses 'cool' appeal over Samsung tablet design
18th Oct 2012 | 09:53
Still has to run those adverts
It's a bittersweet win for Samsung, as the original ruling concluded that its tablet designs were not as "cool" at the iPad, and that point still seems to stand.
Apple appealed the ruling in part because it lost, but also because part of the verdict requires the company to run adverts proclaiming that Samsung did not copy it.
Update: Sir Robin Jacob, one of the judges in the case, explains the ruling: "It is not about whether Samsung copied Apple's iPad. Infringement of a registered design does not involve any question of whether there was copying: the issue is simply whether the accused design is too close to the registered design according to the tests laid down in the law.
"So this case is all about, and only about, Apple's registered design and the Samsung products."
Over in the US, courts have sided with Apple over the question of whether Samsung copied the iPhone design, as well as infringing a few software patents.
The cost of this ruling to Samsung runs into the billions, although the Korean company is appealing the verdict.
Yeah, we'll believe it when we see it. Meanwhile, we have no doubt that a new round of patent filings is set to hit the headlines when Apple launches its iPad Mini next week.