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Dutch court says Galaxy Tab doesn't infringe iPad design
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 @ 2:02pm

Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets don't infringe on the design of the Apple iPad, a district court in The Hague has ruled. Reuters notes that the lawsuit involved the rounded corners of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, and Galaxy Tab 7.7, which Apple claimed were copying a signature trait of the iPad. "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," reads a Samsung statement in response to the court win.



In its judgment, the Dutch court cites previous decisions by British courts as precedent. Apple has been widely criticized and even spoofed for pursuing Samsung over the rounded corner patent, since virtually every modern tablet follows that concept. Very few modern tablets use square corners. Apple hasn't said whether it will appeal today's ruling. The company has ongoing lawsuits against Samsung in at least 10 countries, however, over a range of different intellectual property claims. In the US last year it was handed a $1.05 billion judgment in its favor, although Apple and Samsung are still hashing out the aftermath.

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