You can put this is in the oddball category. Apple has been waging a protracted legal war against Samsung all over the world, and with moderate success too.
Most recently, it managed to get the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned in the US. Apple’s success in America had precedents too – the Tab 10.1 had been banned earlier in Germany and Australia.
But a UK court has finally awarded the Korean electronics major a rare victory, and for one of the strangest reasons you’ll ever get to see – apparently, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab series of Android tablets are simply not ‘cool’ enough to be confused with the Apple iPad.
According to Judge Colin Birss, Samsung’s tablets “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool.”
Samsung welcomed the ruling with a thinly veiled attack on Apple’s own design credentials, claiming that the “court found numerous Apple design features to lack originality, and numerous identical design features to have been visible in a wide range of earlier tablet designs from before 2004.”
Apple can appeal against this decision within three weeks, and given that the Cupertino company tends to adopt an excessively belligerent stance in its legal dealings, expect this to be yet another long drawn saga of litigation after litigation.
[via Tech Radar]