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Apple publishes statement on failed legal action

Apple has published a statement acknowledging that it failed in a legal action over Samsung's Galaxy tablet computer.

Apple was instructed to make the ruling public after losing its case that the Samsung Galaxy Tab was too similar to its own product.

A judge at the High Court in London ruled in July that the Galaxy tablet was not "cool" enough to be confused with Apple's iPad.

Apple challenged the finding at the Court of Appeal, but the appeal was dismissed earlier this month.

Three judges upheld the decision of Judge Colin Birss QC that three Samsung Galaxy tablet computers did not infringe Apple's registered design.

Judge Birss said earlier this year: "They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool."

He said consumers were not likely to get the two tablet computers mixed up.

The Court of Appeal judges upheld his ruling and rejected Apple's challenge against an order he made that it must publicise the fact that it had lost the case.

Apple on its website reported that the High Court had ruled that the Samsung Galaxy did not infringe Apple's registered design, and that the judgment had been upheld by the Court of Appeal on October 18.

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