Well well well when things seemed to have finally settled down between these two tech giants, another twist in the tale has risen from the ashes. Apparently, Apple have lost a patent case against their arch rivals Samsung in UK which they had filed way back in early July of this year blatantly accusing the South Korean giants of “copying” their iPad design with the launch of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and other similar tablets in this range.
The judges said that such an “acknowledgement must come from the horse’s mouth,” adding, “Nothing short of that will be sure to do the job completely.” The ruling could still be appealed to the UK Supreme Court, but from what it seems, Apple have currently no such intentions of doing so. The results of the case could have much larger implications, as the ruling is valid throughout Europe and could prevent Apple from taking further legal action against Samsung based on this particular design claim. After the verdict, here’s what Samsung had to say leaving Apple with no further comments on this regard whatsoever;
“We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners. 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.”
It seems like the table’s have turned on Apple who not so long ago were priding on the fact that they had won a $1 billion dollar settlement after bringing similar patent and design infringement claims in front of a California courtroom. Either way it’s an embarrassing loss for Apple. Unfortunately we know they won’t stop. They still have tons of cases in tons of other regions, and they have tons of ammunition to let the battle go on for a long time. Still, we can’t help but to giggle a bit at this one.