British judge: Samsung tablets “not as cool” as Apple’s

The design for three Galaxy tablets doesn’t infringe Apple’s registered design, Judge Colin Birss said today in London in a court fight between the world’s two biggest makers of smartphones. Consumers aren’t likely to get the tablet computers mixed up, he said.

The Galaxy tablets “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design,” Birss said. “They are not as cool.”

While everyone is getting a good laugh out of this today, I can’t help but think that this is just further proof that intellectual property laws are in serious need of revamping.

That, or society has reached a point where government officials really can decide what is and isn’t “cool.”

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