First of all, apologies to those of you who have already heard about this – I only just found out, thanks to Daily Tech. Now you may know that I’m an iPad fan (see this post about useful apps), so I just had to blog about this development in the battle over patents between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics.
A statement has been published, as required in the judgment on injunction, obliging Apple to post a notice on its UK website (it can be found among the links appearing at the foot of the home page). This follows a UK High Court (Patents Court) judgment in which His Honour Judge Colin Birss QC, referring to the Apple product, stated that “The design looks like an object the informed user would want to pick up and hold. It is an understated, smooth and simple product. It is a cool design.”
On the hand, this is the way Judge Birss felt about the Samsung product, dismissing Apple’s case of patent infringement: “The informed user’s overall impression of each of the Samsung Galaxy Tablets is the following. From the front they belong to the family which includes the Apple design; but the Samsung products are very thin, almost insubstantial members of that family with unusual details on the back. They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool.”
So what is better, I ask myself, to win the case, or be officially declared cool?
Photo credits: Judge Birss (FT Alphaville), iPad and Samsung Galaxy (appleMetr).
By the way, I wrote a guest post for the blog Catherine Translates a few months ago, about my interpreting ‘road kit’ – including several points about the iPad.