After last week’s ruling by a UK judge that the Samsung Galaxy Tab didn’t infringe on any of the iPad’s design patents because Samsung’s tablet family “[does] not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool.”, this week has seen another judge in Germany ruling that the Motrola Xoom doesn’t violate Apple‘s patents either.
It’s only a partial win for the Illinois phone and tablet manufacturer though, with the German judge refusing to grant their request to call the three patents they were accused of infringing invalid. This is only part of the court battle between the two companies as well, with another argument about Motorola copying Apple‘s multi-touch technology ongoing.
The ruling follows on from another last year that saw the Cupertino company successfully banning the sale of two Samsung Android tablets due to patent infringement.
After the judgement, Apple were called to pay two thirds of the court costs, with Motorola picking up the tab, if you’ll forgive the pun, for the other third.