Adding Insult to Victory

Samsung won a patent infringement lawsuit this week in a UK court. However, the verdict was (basically) noninfringement due to a lack of coolness. Ouch!

Apple had sued Samsung in the UK, claiming that the Galaxy tablet PCs infringed the iPad's design. Judge Colin Birss ruled against Apple, because he found that Samsung's tablets "do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool."

Despite the Pyrrhic appearance of this victory, it's still a win for Samsung - especially if the Korean company can convince would-be Apple users that it's hip to be square.