Talking about imitation, one of the most popular claims that Apple made against Samsung, is the imitation of the look and feel of the Apple devices. While this is a very understandable claim looking at the Galaxy Ace and the subsequent Galaxy young, it is a very foolish thought to even assume such when looking at a Galaxy Tab in comparison to the Apple iPad.
Apple has claimed in many parts of the globe that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is a direct copy of the iPad. They say that any common man might mistakenly purchase a Galaxy Tab, even though what they were actually looking for was an iPad simply because the Galaxy Tab looks just like it.
In one court battle in the UK, the Honorable British Judge Briss has commented that the Samsung Galaxy Tab is simply not “cool” enough to even consider as a device that “slavishly copies” the iPad. There is simply no comparison against the minimalist design of the iPad vs. the slimmer Galaxy Tab that bears some “unusual details” on the back.
Apple has been given 21 days to make an appeal to the findings, although I would have a hard time not laughing if an Apple rep insists that Galaxy Tabs are “just as cool” as the iPad just so they can insist that it is a copy. Labeling a Galaxy Tab to be “just as cool as an iPad” may become too hard to swallow for Apple loyalists, so it is possible that they will just avoid the topic all together in the ongoing consumer debates going on in many forums.
Regardless of the very subjective label that was placed on their product, Samsung is proud to have won the case. A spokeswoman mentioned that:
This has been a resounding comment by many consumers in their dismay of constant Apple lawsuits. With claims going from specific to very broad, there is a clear indication that Apple is throwing rocks randomly at everyone, hoping to make a hit. While admittedly, there are things that they are right about, there are plenty of claims that are rather bullish. Unless there is a reform done in the Patent system, it will remain to be abused by companies like Apple. Do you think that the ruling was right on the mark? Or have they made an error due to subjectivity?
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