La Galaxy Tab de Samsung ne contrefait pas le design des tablettes Apple

Sous l’empire du Règlement du 12 décembre 2001 sur les dessins ou modèles communautaires, La High Court of Justice of England and Wales a jugé le 9 juillet 2012 que Samsung n’avait pas contrefait le {design} d’Apple en produisant le modèle de sa {tablette} Galaxy Tab. La juridiction a considéré que l’observateur averti avait conscience que les tablettes en litige appartenaient à une même famille de produits, de sorte qu’il sera conduit à accorder une importance particulière aux différences visibles sur la surface arrière des matériels :

"189. This case illustrates the importance of properly taking into account the informed user’s knowledge and experience of the design corpus. When I first saw the Samsung products in this case I was struck by how similar they look to the Apple design when they are resting on a table. They look similar because they both have the same front screen. It stands out. However to the informed user (which at that stage I was not) these screens do not stand out to anything like the same extent. The front view of the Apple design takes its place amongst its kindred prior art. There is a clear family resemblance between the front of the Apple design and other members of that family (Flatron, Bloomberg 1 and 2, Ozolins, Showbox, Wacom). They are not identical to each other but they form a family. There are differences all over these products but the biggest differences between these various family members are at the back and sides. The user who is particularly observant and is informed about the design corpus reacts to the Apple design by recognising the front view as one of a familiar type. From the front both the Apple design and the Samsung tablets look like members of the same, pre-existing family. As a result, the significance of that similarity overall is much reduced and the informed user’s attention to the differences at the back and sides will be enhanced considerably." (C’est nous qui soulignons).