October 18, 2012
An appeals court in the UK just decided that the design of the Samsung Galaxy does not infringe on Apple patents for the iPad.
Why? Well, the opinion by Judge Colin Birss concluded that, "They are not as cool.”
That’s pretty damning. Consider that customer experience occurs at three levels: meets needs, easy, and enjoyable (emotionally engaging). So what the judge is really saying with his ruling is that the emotionally engaging iPad differentiates itself based on customer experience — whereas the Samsung Galaxy does not.
As a result of this ruling, Apple must run ads in newspapers, magazines, and on its website publicizing the fact that the two designs are different.
Does anyone else see the irony in that? I don’t know whether Apple can get away with what I’m about to suggest, but here’s the ad I’d love to see it run:
"Official Government Verdict: The iPad Is Cool And The Samsung Galaxy Is Not Cool
According to a recent ruling by an appeals court in the UK, the Samsung Galaxy isn’t cool enough to be considered a copy of the Apple iPad. Here is what the judge said in praise of the iPad:
'The extreme simplicity of the Apple design is striking. Overall it has undecorated flat surfaces with a plate of glass on the front all the way out to a very thin rim and a blank back. There is a crisp edge around the rim and a combination of curves, both at the corners and the sides. The design looks like an object the informed user would want to pick up and hold. It is an understated, smooth and simple product. It is a cool design.'
What did he say about the Samsung Galaxy?
'They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool.'
We had been considering an appeal but how could we possibly contest those facts? Instead we appeal to you, the consumer: Buy the cool product. Buy an iPad."
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