Apple loses UK court battle on claims Samsung copied iPad

APPLE failed yesterday to overturn a UK court judgement ruling that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab had not copied the iPad and ordering the Californian firm to run newspaper adverts saying so.

The Court of Appeal upheld the High Court’s July verdict that Samsung did not infringe on Apple’s intellectual property, in part because Samsung’s device was not as “cool”. Apple is now likely to apply for an extra appeal in the Supreme Court. “Given the huge popularity of the iPad and the high stakes involved in this dispute it is likely that Apple will seek permission to appeal,” intellectual property expert Simon Clark of law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner said. He added that further UK disputes from both sides over Samsung handsets and the iPhone are likely.

Samsung said: “Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners.”