Today, Apple published a statement in which they admit that Samsung did not infringe any of its ipad designs.
Apple was effectively forced to public this statement due to a ruling by the UK High Court which ruled on a dispute between Samsung and Apple in July of this year. The ruling means that Apple has to take out adverts in British national newspapers and state that Samsung did not copy its designs in their products.
Apple did appeal against the High Court’s decision though but judges decided not to overturn the original decision on October 18th.
In the statement, published here , Apple mentions the original July court case and also stats that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9 and 7.7 do not infringe on its registered designs. However, in the same statement, Apple also uses comments from the judge of the original case to make a point. During the judges summing up, he said that he was struck by the simplicity of the Apple product whilst adding that it is a cool design. He then said that by contrast, Samsung products were not as cool due to the fact that they lacked the simplicity of the iPad.
Recently, Apple has lost a fair amount of lawsuits against Samsung which they bought to the table over the design of the companies tablets. Just recently, it has lost its cases in the Netherlands, Australia and the United States. However, Apple have had success with one of their claims in which Samsung were asked to pay a $1.05bn (£650m) fine for infringing on Apples software patents. Samsung did however appeal against this decision.
Most recently, the US International Trade Commission make a preliminary ruling against that Samsung, saying that they had infringed on four patents relating to the look and feel of the iPhone.
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