Requested by a UK court, Apple has posted a tiny link in the footer of https://www.apple.com/uk The notice acknowledges the judgement that Samsung hadn't infringed on the iPad design making use of their Galaxy Tab. The written text of the notice starts:
On 9th July 2012 the top Court of Justice of England ruled that Samsung Electronic (UK) Limited's Galaxy Tablet Computer, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 usually do not infringe Apple's registered design No. 0000181607-0001
But Apple's notice is somewhat playful and procedes to quote from the judgement in which the Judge describes that Apple's design is "cool" and eventually the Samsung design is simply not as cool. The Judge wrote:
"The informed user's overall impression of every of the Samsung Galaxy Tablets may be the following. From your front they belong to the family which include the Apple design; but the Samsung items are very thin, almost insubstantial members of that family with unusual information on the back. They don't have the same understated and extreme simplicity that is possessed through the Apple design. They're not as cool."
Apple procedes to explain that the case was also tried in Germany understanding that in that court Samsung was discovered guilty. Ultimately, they write
"So as the U.K. court didn't find Samsung responsible for infringement, other courts have recognized that throughout creating its Galaxy tablet, Samsung willfully copied Apple's a lot more popular iPad."
The link must remain on Apple UK website for a period of one month, and Apple is also required to run ads acknowledging the ruling.
We have heard a bit about the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, but now proof was obtailed by SamMobile. SamMobile had discovered that Samsung is going to change some of its lettering for model numbers in the coming months. After some research, it appears that the new numbers are already appearing on at least one page in Samsung's Internet ecosystem, but the pages they have not yet been published.
Here's an example.
Galaxy Tab 3 (8.0) 16GB 3G (SM-T3100****** - White) Week 27 (Week of July 1)
Galaxy Tab 3 (8.0) 16GB Wi-Fi (SM-T3110****** - White) Week 24 (Week of June 10)
We have no idea what the prices will be for these devices yet, but we will keep you posted.
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