Samsung won a ruling in a U.K. courtroom today in one of its many cases against Apple. Judge Colin Birss ruled in London that consumers are not likely to mix up Galaxy tablets with the iPad. In the ruling, Birss indicates the Samsung products “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity” of the Apple products. According to Birss, the Samsung tablets were thinner and possessed “unusual details” on the back. Apparently these qualities make the Apple products more “cool” according to the judge.
Samsung released a statement indicating their belief that the ruling affirms their position that Apple’s claims “on such generic designs” could harm innovation and limit consumer choice. For their part, Apple released a statement similar to many past statements indicating “this kind of blatant copying is wrong.”
While some are fretting about the judge’s comments regarding how “cool” the Apple products are, the ruling is a welcome change of pace for Samsung who saw sales of their Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned in the U.S. last week as a result of one of the many Samsung v Apple cases.