A Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is pictured under an Apple iPad 2 at the Media Markt in The Hague on August 16, 2011. South Korean electronics giant Samsung will launch its Galaxy Tab 10.1 on the Dutch market today in the midst of a legal stand-off with rival US-based Apple and sales banned elsewhere in Europe. A Dusseldorf court a week ago granted a separate injunction halting the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 across Europe, with the exception of the Netherlands. Samsung indicated that it would appeal the decision. AFP PHOTO / ANP / ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out (Photo credit should read ROBERT VOS/AFP/Getty Images)
In what can only be termed a back-handed compliment, Samsung was cleared of copying Apple iPad design because its Galaxy tablet computer was "not as cool."
The decision came from the British Court of Appeal Thursday which denied that Samsung's tablet infringed on Apple's patent, according to Reuters. A similar case in the United States also ruled the same way -- although a jury decided that patent infringement by Samsung occurred in components of the iPhone an iPad, design wasn't a part of it, the Guardian reported.
The British decision on Apple's appeal is valid throughout Europe and is likely to prohibit any further appeals.