“What is the difference between an air freshener bottle and a tablet computer? Quite a lot, Apple will be hoping, when it returns to court in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Thursday 25 August trying to prove the Samsung Tab 10.1 is a copy of the iPad,” Nick Clayton reports for The Wall Street Journal.
“The importance of the air freshener bottles is they were the focus of the first Community design case to go all the way through the appeals process. Proctor & Gamble claimed Reckitt Benckiser’s ‘Air Wick Odour Stop’ copied the ‘Febreze Air Effects’ canister. Much to the surprise of many intellectual property (IP) lawyers Procter & Gamble lost the case,” Clayton reports. “‘From that point on everybody looked at registered design and thought, it’s not worth the paper it’s printed on,’ said Alexander Carter Silk, partner and head of the IP, technology and commercial team at law firm Speechly Bircham.”
Clayton reports, “So Apple appears to be the first major technology company to use European design law for litigation. But its victory would have wide repercussions. If it can be shown that the Samsung Galaxy Tab has infringed European Union design-right, it could allow Apple to use the regulations against other competitors. It might also make design-right a new legal battleground of choice for technology companies in Europe… A victory for Apple in the Netherlands would do severe damage to Samsung as most of its European imports are thought to pass through the port of Rotterdam. The case for an injunction will be held on September 15, but if approved would not come into force before October 13.”
Much more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: You be the judge. Apple’s products came first, then Samsung’s:
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Sarah” for the heads up.]