A UK judge has dismissed Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung over the Galaxy Tab, claiming Samsung’s tablet isn’t “cool” enough to be confused with Apple’s iPad.
Judge Colin Birss ruled Monday in London that the Galaxy tablet does not infringe on Apple’s registered design, Bloomberg reports.
Explaining how the Galaxy tablets differ from the iPad, Judge Birss said they were distinctive because they were thinner and had “unusual details” on the back.
The Galaxy tablets “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool,” Birss said.
The decision is probably a bittersweet pill to swallow for both companies, but Samsung has already said it is pleased with the court’s decision.
“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,” the company said in a statement.
Apple has 21 days to appeal the decision.
Samsung and Apple have been engaged in a long patent war on several fronts, and Apple is currently on a winning streak. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh recently banned U.S. sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Nexus, though the Court of Appeals temporarily suspended the ban for the latter.