A court in the Netherlands ruled today that Samsung's Galaxy tablets do not infringe on Apple's design patents which relate to the iPad.
According to ZD Net
, the judgment was handed down by a district court in The Hague. It ruled that the Galaxy Tabs of the 10.1, 8.9 and 7.7 variety were not infringements on Apple's patents. A similar scenario that occurred in Britain just last year, which ruled in favor of Samsung too, was cited.
"We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners and that the origins of Apple's registered design features can be found in numerous examples," Samsung said in a statement given to Reuters
Last October, Apple had lost a case against Samsung in a U.K. High Court, making the claim that the South Korea-based tech firm ripped off the rectangle with rounded edges design from the iPad with its Galaxy Tabs. The court found that the Apple had no case and that their design patent had not been infringed upon.
In addition to losing the case, Apple was then forced to run "apology" advertisements
on its British website and various U.K. printed media.
In turn, Apple decided to post an embellished version of the court-ordered statement
in an attempt to soften the public humiliation caused by losing to their rival.
After a complaint by Samsung, Apple was then ordered to remove said statement and then told to write an apology on the bottom of their web page where anyone visiting the site could see it.
Once again, Apple made an attempt to maintain its dignity by coding the text so users had to scroll down to see it, claims the online community.
The code was eventually discarded
from the website "without a word from the court on the matter." The aforementioned text was then published in several "court-selected" British newspapers and magazines after a few weeks had passed, as another order from the court.
Apple was then ordered to pay Samsung's legal fees in the United Kingdom because of its "false and misleading" statement on