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Galaxy secures a legal victory over the iPad � thanks to being �uncool�

In another apparent slap in the face for Apple, a judge in the UK has ruled that Samsung�s Galaxy tablet does not violate Apple�s intellectual property � because it is simply isn�t �cool� enough to be confused with the iPad.

Apple has been fighting a number of intellectual property and patent lawsuits around the world as the battle for supremacy in the multi-multi-million-dollar Smartphone and tablet markets heats up. Apple has accused rivals like Samsung and HTC of ripping off its designs (and vice-versa), but judge Colin Birss clearly doesn�t agree, ruling that Galaxy tablets �do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design They are not as cool.�

Samsung is delighted at the ruling (although probably less than happy about the �uncool� reasons behind it), releasing a statement saying: �Should Apple continue to make excessive legal claims in other countries based on such generic designs, innovation in the industry could be harmed and consumer choice unduly limited.�

Apple immediately hit back with: �It�s no coincidence that Samsung�s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging. This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we�ve said many times before, we need to protect Apple�s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.�

With so much at stake, it�s a fair bet this issue is far from settled.


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