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Some clarity emerges in the ongoing battle of the tablets!

19 October 2012

A strong Court of Appeal (with 2 acknowledged experts in intellectual property), has ruled in favour of Samsung over Apple in the battle of the tablets. The Court has ‘dispersed the fog’ that the cloud of litigation created over the alleged infringement of design rights and has clarified the issues in dispute; given valuable advice on the characteristics of the informed user and when a publicity order should be made.

The first instance decision of HHJ Birss QC became notorious in the media after his comparison between ‘cool’ (Apple) and ‘not as cool’ (Samsung). The judgment of the Californian court awarded Apple substantial damages for patent infringement. Finally, the German court granted a pan European interim injunction in respect of the 7.7 Samsung product.

The court held that ‘real commercial uncertainty’ arose causing damage to Samsung’s business and justifying the ruling for a publicity order, requiring Apple to inform the market that Samsung’s product does not infringe its registered designs throughout the European Union.

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