U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, has granted Apple’s request to halt the sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, which runs Google’s Android operating system. The Galaxy Tab’s crime? It looks like a tablet.
No. I’m not making that up. Judge Koh claims that “Samsung appears to have created a design that is likely to deceive an ordinary observer.” True, from a distance of ten feet, it’s not easy to tell them apart. It’s not easy to tell any tablet apart from any other tablet at that range. Most people I know prefer to use tablets at arm’s reach, but that’s just me.
Apple’s legal case rests on a single design patent, USD504889. In it, Apple claims “the ornamental design for an electronic device, substantially as shown and described.” You can see Apple’s patented design for yourself in this story. Looks pretty much like a tablet doesn’t it? Do you see anything about it what-so-ever that looks unique?
In fact, it looks pretty much like every tablet that’s ever been created in history. That’s because, “It’s A Tablet!!”