Judge Says Samsung Tablet Can’t Possibly Be An iPad Rip-Off Because It’s Not Cool Enough

The good news for Samsung over in Britain is that a judge says the company’s three Galaxy tablets aren’t rip-offs of Apple’s iPad. The bad news is that they’re not copies because they’re just like, so uncool and couldn’t possibly be edgy enough to be mistaken for an iPad by anyone who knows anything about cool stuff.

In the middle of Samsung and Apple’s big fight in England, the judge said today in London court that consumers aren’t likely to get the tablets mixed up, reports Bloomberg. That’s because the Galaxy tablets “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design.” Pray, go on!

“They are not as cool,” he added.

Apple is currently embroiled in patent lawsuits around the world with various other smartphone makers, including Samsung. Each company has accused the other of copying designs and technology in mobile devices.

Samsung doesn’t seem to care if it’s cool or not, saying the ruling affirms what it’s been saying all along — it’s not doing any infringing on Apple’s 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,” Samsung said in a statement.

Oh, snap…?

Meanwhile, Apple didn’t take the chance to strut and preen over its coolness, and didn’t specifically address the ruling.

“It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad,” Apple spokesman Alan Hely said in a statement. “This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we’ve said many times before, we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property.”

Apple has 21 days to appeal.

Previously: Apple Triumphs Over Samsung With Injunction Against Sale Of 10-Inch Galaxy Tab

Samsung Wins U.K. Apple Ruling Over ‘Not As Cool’ Galaxy Tab [Bloomberg]


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  1. MarkFL says:

    A man wearing a wig is in no position to decide what is cool.

  2. wombats lives in [redacted] says:

    Will the hipster post lure in the click fest?

  3. Coffee says:

    Furthermore, the judge ruled that while the Samsung product does not “pull bitches like like bees to honey, all rubbing on my gavel like my wig be made of money”, it does, however, run Flash and attract nerds mumbling about “Jelly Bean.”

    • Blueskylaw says:

      Beamers, Benz, and Bentleys, his pockets never empty.

    • Traveller says:

      As of Jellybean, Flash will no longer be supported on Android. That doesn’t mean the APK can’t be sideloaded, but eventually Flash is going to “break”. This is due to Adobe discontinuing mobile Flash.

  4. nugatory says:

    finally its hip to be square.

  5. njack says:

    So the news here is that a British judge is also an Apple fanboi?

  6. Extended-Warranty says:

    To everyone who says this is too complicated….. GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS. I’m so sick of people who can’t think on their own, and the entitled crowd. This culture we have built is so unsustainable, it is not even funny.

    Have you ever heard of this thing called databases? They organize FAR more complex things than sales tax jurisdictions. In fact, every large B&M retailer has already been able to figure out these confusing jurisdictions.

  7. CrazyEyed says:

    The ruling is perfect. The judge is turning this expensive legal mess into a preteen game. Apple gets its cool factor while Samsung doesn’t get to be the “Rip-Off.” Nobody really wins or loses which makes it a giant waste of money. More judges should rule this way so we can get back to healthy competition. Patent laws are fked anyway.

    • quail20 says:

      Thought it wasn’t patent but copyright that was being fought over. That’s why Samsung was bringing in StarTrek photos and sci-fi excerpts from novels to suggest that Apple doesn’t own the copyright on squareish things that act like computers.

  8. Jawaka says:

    “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”

    But you’re being sued because you weren’t innovative…

    • sqlrob says:

      Compare iPhone 1 to one of the samsungs that came out before it and ask who wasn’t innovative (hint: It’s not samsung)

      • JEDIDIAH says:

        So you want to grant Apple a 20 year right to tell the rest of the industry to f*ck off?

        That’s what you appear to be advocating.

        That cost is simply too high.It’s not 1870 anymore.

        • Coffee says:

          Pretty sure sqlrob was pointing out that Samsung released a phone that looked similar to the iphone before Apple released the iphone 1, and that iphone is like the dude who shows up late to the party, then tries to take all the credit for planning it.

      • Jawaka says:

        If Apple’s original iPhone stole its design from Samsung then the lawsuits would be the opposite from what they are now. But they aren’t. Why hasn’t Samsung sued and won over apple?

    • StupidSTUPIDLogin says:

      The dilemma is that Apple is suing over patents like, “hand-held touchscreen device”. It’s like copyrighting the steering wheel to a car; sure, someone came up with the idea first, but to patent that painfully basic feature would indeed slow innovation.

      Basically, Apple wants to be a technology god & be a monopoly.

      • Jawaka says:

        At one point there wasn’t a steering wheel. One person however came up with an idea that caught on. THAT’S innovation, not the hundreds of people that followed suit and copied his design. I’m sure that there’s plenty of other ways to steer a car, turn on your phone, design a laptop, etc.. There’s just a single way that caught on. IMO the people who came up with ideas and designs that revolutionized a product should be rewarded, not punished by letting competitors blatantly copy their designs.

    • Chuft-Captain says:

      Sorry, what would you like your rectangular, super-thin computer slab to look like then? There’s not really much you can do, in regards to the physical design of the device, to make them “innovative”.

      • Jawaka says:

        Off the top of my head how about a more ergonomic design so that it fits in the hand more comfortable than a rectangle?

  9. singthegreed says:

    God forbid they work together to make things better to the world as a whole. You know maybe a touch screen toilet bowl THE THINGS THAT MATTER! god you already have so much money and run the tech industry get over your selves. IDK maybe something that would actually help the world might be a nice change. Not a bigger screen to play angry birds on! Lets argue about who stole what when we all know where this tech came from……. Aliens!!! J/K :p

  10. singthegreed says:

    THATS MY IDEA YOU STOLE IT!!! its a screen that you touch god many things you can do different there! sorry had to add it lol