Galaxy Tab Not 'Cool' Enough to Be iPad Ripoff

British court rules in favor of Samsung
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 9, 2012 2:02 PM CDT
A customer uses his iPad outside an Apple store on June 28, 2012.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Samsung won a bittersweet victory in a British court today: A judge ruled that Samsung's Galaxy Tab wasn't an Apple rip-off, but only because it was entirely too stodgy to be mistaken for the iPad, reports Bloomberg. The Samsung gadgets "do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design," the judge wrote. In short, "they are not as cool."

The ruling followed the South Korean firm's request that a judge rule it wasn't a copycat, prompting Apple to counter with its own legal action. Samsung slammed Apple over the decision, its second victory making headlines in recent days. "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 rep.

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