Apple was dealt a blow in the UK as a judge ruled that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 did not copy the iPad, though in a backhanded judgment the judge also noted that the Galaxy Tab isn’t as cool as the iPad’s design either. Cool or not, it looks like Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung claiming patent infringement is hurting the South Korean Android manufacturer and Judge Colin Birss is ordering Apple to acknowledge that Samsung did not copy the iPad.
Bloomberg is reporting that according to the ruling from Judge Birss, Apple has to post on its UK home page for six months that Samsung did not copy or infringe upon its products. Additionally, Apple is also required to take out ads in UK newspapers and magazines making the same assertion to help remedy the damage to Samsung’s reputation in the UK.
Apple had sued Samsung claiming that the similarity in design between Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Apple’s iPad tablets may cause consumer confusion, but Birss said that this would not happen as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 are not as cool.
Apple and Samsung have been engaged in numerous suits spanning several countries over patents. In the U.S., Apple scored an injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, though it’s unclear if that will be a material ban for Samsung as the company already has a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 on the market today and is working on a Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet as well. Also, Apple scored a temporary ban on the Galaxy Nexus Android smartphone, which Samsung produces in partnership with Google.
In addition to waging war with Samsung, Apple has also been going after other Android manufacturers as well, including HTC and Motorola, the latter is now owned by Google.