By Stephen Schenck | July 9, 2012 10:59 AM
The legal maneuvering between Samsung and Apple in the United States has seen plenty of action lately, with rapid shifts between just who seems to be on top at any given moment. While Apple recently scored itself a couple preliminary injunctions against Samsung, we also saw a temporary stay placed on one of those, as well as learned of a Samsung software solution to render the whole thing unnecessary. All in all, it’s a lot temporary victories with a lack of any sense of real progress nor consequence. The situation in England isn’t much different, save for Samsung emerging victorious from the latest round of legal battles against Apple. In making the ruling, the presiding judge explained why Samsung wasn’t misleading consumers with its Galaxy Tab designs, noting that the Android tablets just “are not as cool” as Apple’s.
Judge Colin Birss dismissed Apple’s concerns that Samsung’s Tab-series designs were similar enough to Apple’s to confuse consumers as to which devices were from what manufacturer. He pointed to the Tabs being thinner than iPad models, as well as “unusual details” on the the rear panels of Samsung models.
As for that jab about the Galaxy Tab not being “cool”, Birss explains how the Androids “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design.” He’s got a point; for all the effort Apple puts into fighting companies it feels are copying its designs, there’s arguably no one out there right now producing hardware at quite the same design level as Apple, and it’s a bit silly to suggest that anyone would confuse an iPad for any of the many Android tablets available, any more than you’d confuse a Mustang for a Taurus.