A Dutch court has ruled that having rounded corners and a rectangular shape is not unique enough on the part of the Apple iPad to warrant an infringement suit against the Samsung Galaxy Tablets. The courts state that they believe Apple was not the first to offer this design.
In a statement made by Samsung, they were quick to point out that, "We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners and that the origins of Apple's registered design features can be found in numerous examples."
Apple and Samsung are involved in litigation in at least ten countries at the moment and it seems that all of the fighting is going to take some time to iron out. Other countries have not been so critical of Apple's ridiculous patent claims, but hopefully they will start seeing the absurdity of being able to patent things like ... well, shape.
While the Samsung vs. Apple battles have become a bit of a yawner from a news standpoint, this particular ruling gives me the chance to post a picture of some cute Dutch girls. Which I did for your enjoyment.