Apple loses UK appeal over Samsung tablets, must run apology ads

A three-judge panel upheld an earlier court’s finding that the Korean company’s Galaxy tablets are not “cool” enough to be confused with the iPad

U.S. courts haven’t been overly kind to Samsung Electronics Co. in its patent battle with Apple Inc., but the Korean tech company is having better luck across the pond, where a three-judge panel in London’s High Court upheld an earlier judge’s ruling that its tablet computers do not infringe the design of the iPad.

Samsung might not be so pleased with the rationale behind the original ruling, namely that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets aren’t “cool” enough to be confused with the iPad. But it will likely welcome the judges’ order that Apple link to the original ruling on its U.K. website and place advertisements in several U.K. publications to “correct the damaging impression” that Samsung infringed on its product.

Alanna Byrne

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