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Samsung has suffered mostly defeat in the courtroom lately in its patent battles against Apple, but a U.K. judge has given them one small victory on Monday -- even if it comes at the expense of being humiliated about how uncool their product is.
Bloomberg is reporting that a U.K. judge has ruled in Samsung's favor in an intellectual property ruling against Apple -- and the company has Cupertino's "cool" factor to thank for the victory.
U.K. Judge Colin Birss handed down the ruling in London on Monday, claiming it was unlikely that consumer would mix up Apple's iPad with Samsung's Galaxy Tab.
Claiming that Samsung's Galaxy tablets “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design,” Birss offered the Korean consumer electronics company a backhanded insult by explaining “they are not as cool.”
Birss' decision appears to come down to what he calls "unusual details" on the back of Samsung's Galaxy Tab products, which make them distinctive when directly compared to the iPad.
Apple has 21 days to appeal the U.K. decision, and we imagine their legal team is already preparing for a second assault as this is written.
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