Today Apple lost their appeal in the UK against the High Courts decision a few weeks ago that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 did not infringe upon their patents.

Due to the fact they lost they must now publish a notice on their website for six months and advertise in various major magazines and newspapers that Samsung did not infringe its rights.

Their was three judges involved in the appeal case, one of whom explained the reason behind the rejection of the claim, “Because this case (and parallel cases in other countries) has generated much publicity, it will avoid confusion to say what this case is about and not about.”

“It is not about whether Samsung copied Apple’s iPad. Infringement of a registered design does not involve any question of whether there was copying: the issue is simply whether the accused design is too close to the registered design according to the tests laid down in the law.”
“So this case is all about, and only about, Apple’s registered design and the Samsung products,” he concluded.
A spokesman from Samsung also left his own comment on the decision, stating.

“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 of prior art.”

“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.”

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