Samsung Gets Mixed Results in Continued Patent Fight with Apple

Samsung is having mixed results in its ongoing patent fight with Apple. In the United States it was handed a setback by a Federal Judge, but a United Kingdom court judge handed it a victory over Apple. According to Courthouse News, a Federal Judge who previously issued a temporary injunction that effectively banned the sale of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphones in the U.S. (for violating Apple's patents) refused a request by the company to allow it to continue selling the device while it appeals the ruling. U.S. District Court judge Lucy Koh issued a preliminary injunction on July 1. In her latest ruling Judge Koh said the she reviewed the briefs and found nothing new to change her mind.

"The Court is not convinced that Samsung has met its burden of showing a likelihood of success or substantial questions on appeal," Judge Koh wrote.

But it was not all bad news for Samsung: according to the Daily Telegraph, the UK's High Court ruled that Samsung's Galaxy Tab range did not copy the iPad's design. One caveat is that the Judge said that Apple's design was cooler than Samsung's. Of course that part of the ruling has no legal bearing but it could make for an exciting advertising campaign in the UK.

"They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design," Judge Birss QC wrote. "They are not as cool. The overall impression produced is different."

"When I first saw the Samsung products in this case I was struck by how similar they look to the Apple design when they are resting on a table," he added. "They look similar because they both have the same front screen. It stands out."

Ultimately the Judge said that "informed users" would be able to tell the difference between the two devices.

Source: Daily Telegraph, Courthouse News

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