Apple claimed that certain versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tablets had infringed on its Community Design Rights. The High Court ruled this month that Samsung had not infringed the iPad maker’s rights.
Judge Birss QC stated that although he initially thought the Apple and Samsung products looked similar, an “informed user” would not have thought the same and so the Samsung tablets do not infringe on Apple’s Registered Design. The informed users for the purposes of this case were the people who have used handheld tablet computers.
The judge further commented on this case stating that both the tablet designs look almost identical from the front but “Samsung do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design, the overall impression produced is different”.
This is the second recent High Court case which Apple has lost, the first being a patent infringement claim against HTC. These rulings may have given Apple’s rivals some respite, although the company’s large patent portfolio and willingness to litigate means such respite may be short-lived.