It's official: Judge rules that Samsung tablet "not as cool" as iPad

Today, in the UK, Samsung had a bittersweet victory when a judge ruled that Samsung's Galaxy Tab hadn't violated Apple's patents because the Galaxy tablets "do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool.” You can read more in this report from Reuters. You are likely aware that there are ongoing patent disputes between Samsung and Apple. Steve Jobs thought that Android was a complete ripoff of the iPhone and iPad, and vowed to destroy it. CEO Tim Cook seems more inclined to settle, as the ongoing disputes wind their way through the court systems in various countries. Apple recently won a preilimary injunction in the U.S. against Samsung on sales of the Nexus smartphone and Galaxy Tab tablet computer (though Samsung then got a temporary stay of the injunction). The court proceedings will begin this month.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.